Transformation & Growth
The Year in Review
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry and beyond, our mission created a local, regional, national, and global impact in 2019.
The transformation of pediatric care in South Carolina took a giant step forward in April with the opening of the MUSC Children’s Health R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion in North Charleston. In addition, MUSC Children’s Health is on the cusp of opening the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion on the main campus in downtown Charleston. Both facilities included planning teams that captured a broad cross-section of clinicians, community members, parents, and a patient/youth advisory team along with some of their siblings.
The Summey Medical Pavilion provides outpatient pediatric specialty services in a location that offers convenient and enhanced access to the children and families living throughout the Tri-county area, as well as families traveling to specialty clinics from all corners of the state.
Among its many services and amenities, this new facility includes a pediatric surgical facility with four operating rooms, nearly 40 medical exam rooms with space for many pediatric specialists and clinics, an after-hours care clinic, imaging services (MRI, CT scan and ultrasound), an EKG stress room, infusion services for very difficult and complex patient cases, a pharmacy, a lab, child life play spaces and technology that allows families to register at home or check in at the touch of a screen.
The entire patient experience is being delivered in one place, which is a first for the Charles-ton area in terms of the level of coordinated, comprehensive and specialized pediatric health care available at one convenient location. With easy access off of I-26 and I-526 and five hundred free parking spaces, more than 27 specialty clinics, pediatric physicians, nurses and other staff are providing care at the Summey Medical Pavilion.
The facility is also connected to a research collaboration with MUSC and Clemson University. The four-year $4 million research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to redesign operating room spaces and equipment placement for better, safer and more efficient surgical outcomes. Early simulations of the operating room designs in the new Summey Medical Pavilion have been part of the testing phase of the project, and as part of the project’s fourth year, real-time data will be collected to see how the new operating room designs improve patient care delivery. The new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, which is nearing completion, replaces the current hospital and will be a state-of-the-art 625,000 square-foot, 11-story, 250-bed children’s hospital and is home to South Carolina’s only Level 1 Trauma and Pediatric Burn unit and the state’s only Level 4 NICU.