MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital & Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion

MUSC Health Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion

The advancement of pediatric care in the state of South Carolina reached a pivotal moment with the opening of the 625,000 square- foot, 11-story MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in December on the main campus in downtown Charleston. The children’s hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion transforms how care is delivered to women and children, seamlessly integrating children’s care with obstetrical services. More than 20 years ago, discussion and plans began to emerge for the future of health care for South Carolina children and families.

The facility is a true collaboration with input from patients, families and caregivers as well as physicians and nurses, community members and leaders and MUSC Children’s Hospital Youth Patient Advisory Council. This life-changing children’s hospital was built and supported by more than 14,000 gifts from nearly 8,000 donors. It was built by more than 4,000 workers primarily from Charleston and South Carolina-based companies. About 48 percent of the work was done by small, women- and minority-owned companies.

Hospital Highlights

  • 250 licensed beds, an increase of almost 20 percent from the existing children’s hospital.
  • The state’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma and Burn Unit.
  • Home to the state’s largest Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which has expanded from 66 beds to 82 beds and dedicated single patient family rooms.
  • The Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion manages the simplest to the most complex obstetrical cases.
  • Labor & Delivery Unit with 29 mother/baby post-partum rooms, 5 antepartum rooms and 7 couplet care rooms, where mothers and newborn babies can recover together.
  • The most comprehensive, dedicated pediatric heart center in South Carolina with an entire floor dedicated to the care of children with heart problems.
  • The top floor of the children’s hospital is dedicated to the care of children with cancer, providing longer-term patients with soothing views of Charleston and surrounding tidal areas.
  • Advanced and carefully integrated telehealth technology throughout the facility, allowing unprecedented coordination and engagement with patients, families and care team members.
  • The MUSC Advanced Fetal Care Center, a regional referral center and national leader in care for any woman and her family whose pregnancy is complicated by a fetal diagnosis that require additional care and expertise either through management of the pregnancy or through specialized post-delivery care of mother or baby.
  • A dedicated “stork” elevator that transports mothers from the hospital’s entrance directly to the fourth-floor maternity pavilion.
  • Indoor and outdoor child-life play spaces called The Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Atrium and The Boeing Outdoor Play Space.
  • Rooftop helipad is engineered to accommodate the Coast Guard’s new Jayhawk helicopter for emergency situations.
  • Families staying for extended periods will have access to kitchens, lounges, laundry facilities, showers and other comforts and conveniences.
  • More than 27 pediatric specialties.