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Read the latest headlines and philanthropy news from across the colleges, departments and centers at MUSC.

From scholarship to friendship

Renee Black and Erica Tollerson

"She will no doubt change many lives"

Education, respect, diligence, and kindness have remained core values in Renée Black’s family throughout the generations...Read More

South Carolina’s only children’s burn center

As the only pediatric burn referral center in the state, we care for hundreds of children like Lucas each year in our hospital, emergency department and outpatient locations. We treat all burns, ranging from minor to severe.

In keeping with the hospital’s focus on family-centered care, we have staffed and trained our burn team to meet the full spectrum of physical and emotional needs – not just the child’s, but also those of his or her entire family...Continue

Patient Profile: Lucas Parra and his mom, Ashlee

Lucas, center, visits U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham with a group of family and friends in Washington, D.C.

Patients and families from children's hospitals across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., on June 26 -27 to advocate on behalf of children's health during the 14th annual Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Lucas Parra represented MUSC Children's Hospital at this special event, where he talked with members of Congress about his health journey and the importance of children’s health care. Lucas and his mom, Ashlee, recently answered a few questions about his experience in D.C. and his health journey...Continue

Together, we did it!

We raised over $460 in 2018 with 5% increase in giving and over 300 programs supported.

This year we set two challenging goals: (1) Increase the total raised during the YES Campaign and (2) grow the number of participants....continue

Research supported by local family explores connection between two devastating diseases

'We’re aiming to use the heart as a window to brain'

A single culprit – the slow build of sticky fat and other proteins – lies behind two of the most devastating diagnoses in elderly people...Read More

Tours to the top

In 2015, MUSC employees began answering the call to help build a new hospital that would serve children and families throughout the Lowcountry, state and region. The Yearly Employee Support (YES) Campaign gave them a way to do that...continue

A sense of calm in the chaos

Elizabeth Springs was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect during her mother’s 20th week of pregnancy.

Mary Loyal Springs’ first pregnancy was textbook – free of complications and picture perfect in every way. She and her husband, Lash, a primary-care physician, live in Murrells Inlet and enjoyed the wonderful birth of their daughter, Margaret Edens.

She recalled that birth when she learned she was pregnant with their second child in April 2017 and wondered if things would go as easily the second time around. She was enjoying the pregnancy and feeling good when an anatomy scan at 20 weeks detected an abnormality in the baby’s heart...Continue

An experienced, reassuring hand

Becky Dean joined MUSC in April 2015 as the RN coordinator for the Advanced Fetal Care Center.  Serving as a patient navigator for pregnant women carrying babies with complex congenital anomalies, Becky helps provide integrated and patient-focused care throughout their pregnancy and delivery. Becky recently answered a few questions about the Advanced Fetal Care Center...Continue

A look at Ozzie's project
Senior Child Life Specialist Morgan Ford and cystic fibrosis patient Joey Benton have fun with a Harry Potter Sorting Hat during one of Joey’s hospital stays.
Senior Child Life Specialist Morgan Ford and cystic fibrosis patient Joey Benton have fun with a Harry Potter Sorting Hat during one of Joey’s hospital stays.

For children confined to a hospital, especially those on isolation precautions, boredom and depression can creep in...continue

Scholarship established by former leader in president’s office helps nontraditional student

‘This reaffirms that, yes, you belong here’

Fifteen years after closing her textbooks, Melissa Koci packed up the life she built out west and came home to chase a dream she thought she had abandoned as a teenager...Read More

One employee shares MUSC’s role in her life over the past 35 years

‘MUSC has never been just my employer’

Debbie McCravy’s office sits inside the entryway of MUSC’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, so her job supporting fundraising activities also includes an unofficial role as ambassador...Read More

New helipad to fast-track regional care

When the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital opens next year, it will be equipped with a rooftop helipad, allowing the medical team to deliver rapid, lifesaving care to patients flown in from all over the state and beyond if necessary.  Senior Project Manager John Sion recently answered a few questions about this new amenity...Continue

Airlift care in action

Morgan Porter underwent a heart transplant at just 3 years old. More than six years later, she recently wound up back at MUSC – this time flying by helicopter from her home in Beaufort. Her mother, Sarah, shared their family’s experience...Continue

Local CEO makes gift to support Medical District Greenway

‘I think people do things in life because of their experiences’

Sean Mummert started small, with red wrist bands that nurses could scan to read everything they needed to know about patients. The bands used direct thermal printing to keep private health information off a printer ribbon, and Mummert’s team sold the idea to MUSC as a safe and secure improvement...Read More

Connecting land, food and health
Dental student Haiwen Zhang and medical student Riddick Blocker harvest sweet potatoes at the MUSC Urban Farm.
Dental student Haiwen Zhang and medical student Riddick Blocker harvest sweet potatoes at the MUSC Urban Farm.

From a half-acre in the middle of campus springs a unique place that connects land, food and health. The MUSC Urban Farm, now 6 years old, provides dozens of fruits and vegetables year-round and an escape from the clinical environment, where patients, employees and members of our community can get their hands dirty in the garden or just spend some quiet moments among the flowers...continue

Faculty member shares daughter’s story, why he contributes to MUSC

'We knew it could be cancer and that survival was unlikely'

For Tom Smith, Ph.D., MUSC became more than an employer after his daugther's birth. From her earliest months, Perry made a growling sound. Smith and his wife, MUSC cardiovascular intensive-care unit nurse Ellie Smith, called her “Perry Bear.” The growl seemed like a normal baby noise, until 3-month-old Perry spent all of Christmas Eve inconsolable while visiting family in Georgetown...Read More