2016 Year in Review
The rapid transformation of the U.S. health care system has built a momentum that does not allow for return to the status quo. MUSC Health has likewise transformed itself, integrating its medical center, physician practice, and primary care clinics to ensure that it can provide coordinated, cost-effective care, and thrive in this new health care environment. Confident in its ability to provide value-based care, MUSC Health applied to become an accountable care organization in 2016. As of January 2017, it will manage the health of 14,000 Medicare patients.
Thanks to clinical integration, MUSC Health can more easily partner with others in the state to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. One particularly notable example is the Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative formed with Roper St. Francis, which is a rare example of two competing hospitals joining forces to improve acute stroke care.
In 2016, MUSC Health was again ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in South Carolina. Eleven of our programs were nationally ranked — six pediatric and five adult. Only 32 of the 6,239 hospitals in the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey have 11 or more adult and/or pediatric specialties ranked, placing MUSC among the top 1percent of all similar American hospitals.
To continue to build its forward momentum, MUSC Health seeks to engage patients of all backgrounds in their own care and in improving the care of others; to encourage continual innovation by its physicians and research scientists so as to develop tomorrow’s breakthrough therapies; to share these innovations so that patients throughout the state, nation, and indeed across the globe can benefit; and to educate the next generation of health care providers, giving them the tools and instilling in them the vision they will need to lead medicine forward.
Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MHM, FACHE
CEO, MUSC Health
Vice President for Health Affairs
Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Health took several critical steps in 2016 to ensure that it would be a leader in the new health care environment.
Medical interpretation is coming of age. MUSC Health is revamping its model of care for limited English-proficient (LEP) patients.
An initiative by MUSC, the USC, Johns Hopkins University, & University of California Irvine comprise the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery.
Groundbreaking Clinical Trials
Drs. Gilkeson & Kamenare leading the 1st clinical trial in the US to use allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells as treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus.
Startup Wins Award
ToleRaM Nanotech, LLC, a startup company born of MUSC collaboration, was the recipient of a National TechConnect Innovation Award in 2016.
Stem Cell therapy for Heart Failure
MUSC Health cardiologist Michael R. Zile, M.D., was awarded Department of Defense funding in 2016 for a phase 2 clinical trial of a new stem cell treatment.
NeuroeneTherapeutics, a startup company born from unique research by two MUSC investigators,is treating Epilepsy with Vitamin K Analogs
If You Smoke Expect a Call
Smoking is one of the largest causes of preventable disease. MUSC Health’sTobacco Treatment Program provides evidence-based support to help our patients quit.
Reducing Stigma of HIV Testing
The Center for Global Health received a $3.1 million NIH grant to study blended methods of screening & treatment for HIV, diabetes, & hypertension in Tanzania.
Sickle Cell Care
In 2016, MUSC Health was one of eight clinical centersawarded funding by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood.
Academic Medicine Program
Elisha L. Brownfield, M.D. headed a team that created a 9 month interactive course to build a stronger culture of leadership.
Educating Primary Care Physicians
Two recent joint educational initiatives by MUSC aims to attract PCPs to rural South Carolina.
Nurse Informatics Training
In December 2016, MUSC Health hosted a nursing informatics boot camp. Attendees learned key concepts in informatics, IT management, & data security.