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The heart of our new hospital

During American Heart Month, we are pleased to tell you a little more about the heart center that will open in the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in 2019.

Thanks to advances in medicine, we now can treat more complex, previously untreatable heart problems in children than ever before. But these new capabilities have created a demand for space, equipment, amenities, services and specialists.  Your gifts are enabling us to make these investments so that we can continue providing young patients with every possible advantage afforded by modern medicine...Continue

This kit saves lives
E.S.C.A.P.E. Kit contents
Gifts to the YES Family Fund make possible boxes with specialized safety items for families with autistic children.

A simple kit developed through support from the YES Family Fund could save young lives. One in 68 people receives an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. MUSC’s Dr. Silvia Pereira-Smith found that, of the nearly 400 patient families she surveyed, almost 70 percent of children with autism also exhibit dangerous elopement behavior, or leaving an area without permission...continue

A new life for Saviour: Orphan from Ghana finds friendship and healing

Saviour Mbamba works with students in Dr. Patty Coker-Bolt's (far left) pediatric occupational therapy class.

'He just decided he was going to walk.'

For his entire life, 10-year-old Saviour Mbamba only crawled, pulling himself on his battered hands, while his friends at the orphanage in Ghana played soccer around him...Read More

Lemonade stand with a purpose: former NICU patients and friend donate to help other children

Casey and Rachel Glowaci enjoy beach time with sons Liam and Grey.

'MUSC saved them'

Three boys opened up an Isle of Palms lemonade stand hoping to make a little cash but earned something more valuable instead...Read More

Laughter and tears: My experience as a volunteer

Haley Sulka is an alumni and development coordinator and a volunteer at the MUSC Children’s Hospital.

When I think about the past three years of living in Charleston, there are so many moments and experiences that stand out. A lot of those moments happened in the MUSC Children’s Hospital. When I first moved here, applying to the volunteer program was at the top of my list. I love kids and thought it would be a good way to get involved and learn more about where I work. At the time, I didn’t think about how special an opportunity it would be to serve those children for a couple of hours every week and, in turn, for them to bless me as well. When I think back on my time spent on the seventh floor, countless faces and stories run through my mind. Some are sentimental; many are funny; and a few bring tears to my eyes...Continue

MUSC executive vice president plans gift to help other women achieve leadership roles in health care
Lisa Montgomery
Lisa Montgomery takes a commencement selfie with other university and Charleston leaders.

Lisa Montgomery began her career at MUSC as director of patient financial services.  After receiving a Master in Health Administration from MUSC’s College of Health Professions, she quickly moved up at MUSC – to controller, then to chief financial officer of the hospital.  Montgomery currently serves as executive vice president for finance and operations...Read More

Once a patient, now an advocate: Laura Zucker shapes local child-life landscape

“It was a terrifying feeling for me to be in a room full of people I didn’t know, and they knew me clinically. I didn’t realize at the time that other kids were dealing with that too.”

Laura Zucker remembers the cold white room and calm-voiced strangers trying to distract her...Read More

Cheer Squad
Wet Puskar working on his Cheer Squad card
West Puskar, son of nurse Christine Puskar, works on a holiday card for the Cheer Squad. 

Staff members working in Ashley River Tower’s 5East – the cardiology wing – wanted to show a little love to those patients who never had visitors or those who needed an emotional lift. So this past Valentine’s Day the team and their children made cards, enough for each patient and for every patient on the sister unit in 5West...continue

After loss, family commits pancreatic cancer research, outreach to provide hope to others

Frank and Vicki at Christmas

We never considered going anywhere else, especially once we experienced the integrated approach between research and care.

Plan. Fight. Live. These are the words that came to John Saber’s mind after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As John, his wife, Vicki, and their four daughters learned, this cancer often goes undetected and spreads quickly, offering little hope for a cure...Read More

Year in Review: 2017
MUSC Year in Review

Thank you for your support, encouragement and trust – the greatest of gifts – which made it all possible, month after month.

Since the brightest season is also the busiest, we wanted to keep this edition concise. In this final month of 2017, we can’t help but look back on an incredible year with deepest gratitude for your steadfast dedication to our mission. ...Read More

YES, we're thankful for you

We're thankful for you!In this season of gratitude, we wanted to express our deepest appreciation for your dedication to our mission at MUSC...continue

Changing What's Possible

Harper Brown

In this season of gratitude, reflection and community, we wanted to share something special with you. The enclosed story is a real and unscripted account of one family’s experience at MUSC.
Harper's Story >

Jenna and Stephen Brown faced a devastating diagnosis for their unborn baby girl: the most severe form of spina bifida. They put their faith in a team of caregivers here at MUSC, and they allowed us to join them on their journey...Read More

Topping Out Ceremony

The blue beam, draped in an American flag and holding a Palmetto tree, rises over Charleston as workers prepare to complete the steel structure underlying the Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion...Continue

Charleston Day School third-grade class turns readathon into children’s hospital fundraiser

With sponsors donating based on the amount of time they read, Charleston Day School third-graders racked up 5,000 minutes in a single week to support local charities, including the campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital...Continue

Zucker Family Atrium draws upon personal experience, hopes for future

Jonathan and Laura Zucker

Laura Zucker gets it. She understands, as a mother of two, the importance of world-class doctors and state-of-the-art technology in a pediatric hospital. But as a former patient herself, a patient who endured 21 surgeries, she also knows that kids care more about something else...Continue

Zuckers give $5 million to help build new children’s hospital

CHARLESTON (October 12, 2017) – Charleston businesswoman Anita Zucker and her family have made a $5 million contribution to help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in Charleston.  The Zuckers’ gift was announced during the MUSC Board of Trustees meeting October 12...Continue