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MUSC's Medical Magazine // 2016 Year in Review

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Progressnotes Year-in-Review 2016

Forward Momentum

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