MUSC Health Regional Health Network

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The MUSC Health Florence Division encompasses MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, MUSC Health Marion Medical Center, MUSC Health Mullins Nursing Center, MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion, MUSC Health Florence Surgery Center, MUSC Health Florence Rehabilitation Center and MUSC Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, MUSC Health Florence Surgery Center, as well as thirty-seven MUSC Health Partners practices.

The MUSC Health Lancaster Division includes MUSC Health – Lancaster Medical Center, MUSC Health – Chester Medical Center, MUSC Health – Chester Nursing Center, MUSC Health – Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, MUSC Health – Chester Rural Health Clinics, Physician Clinics, The Surgery Center at Edgewater, MUSC Health – Lancaster Wound Care Center, Outpatient Imaging Clinic, Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinics and more.

In 2020, we have earned many accomplishments since joining the MUSC Health Family in March of 2019. Even though 2020 turned out to be an unprecedented year due to the pandemic, MUSC Health Florence and Lancaster Divisions persevered.

MUSC Health has been a leader in implementation of Covid-19 testing sites throughout the state of South Carolina. MUSC Health – Florence Division and MUSC Health – Lancaster Division have played a vital role in implementing the sites across the Pee Dee and Midlands regions. To reach underserved and rural populations who are experiencing barriers to health care access for COVID-19 screenings, MUSC Health has provided mobile sites that offer free screenings and specimen collections. The MUSC Health Florence and Lancaster Divisions continue to host permanent testing sites for patients that have an appointment scheduled through musc.care or a physician order. The permanent testing sites also serves our Back to Business (B2B) Covid-19 Testing Initiatives. MUSC Health Florence Division B2B program has partnered with several counties, cities, school districts and organizations across the Pee Dee region.

The MUSC Health – Lancaster Division stood up thirty-six (36) At-Risk Testing Sites since the pandemic began earlier this year and tested 5,439 patients at these sites. In addition to the At-Risk sites across the region, the Fixed Testing Site located in Lancaster has tested approximately 4,000 patients.

MUSC Health’s commitment to bring advanced “system of stroke care” to Florence, to include thrombectomy and neuro-critical care in the ICU has come to fruition. MUSC Health Florence Medical Center opened a Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), which is staffed by MUSC Health Florence intensivists. This NSICU is supported by MUSC Charleston tele-neuro critical care consults and tele-rounding on NSICU inpatients. MUSC Health Florence Medical Center now offers lifesaving thrombectomy, a neuroendovascular procedure that removes blood clots from large blood vessels in the brain. Additionally, MUSC Health Florence continues to work toward becoming the first accredited thrombectomy-capable center in the region.

In February, MUSC Health – Lancaster began a tele-intinsivist program in the ICU which allows around the clock access to critical care physicians for patients when they are at their sickest stages. This allows patients to receive the best standard of medical care available while working around the scarcity of intensivists and also reduces the need to transfer patients to other facilities.

MUSC Health Marion Medical Center accepted a $380,000 donation from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation. This donation vastly improves the mammography capabilities, which enables MUSC Health Marion Medical Center to offer 3-D Mammography to patients. Through generous support from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation, we are thrilled to be using the latest technology to help more women, close to home, with earlier breast cancer detection. MUSC Health Marion Medical Center looks forward to future collaborations with Marion County Healthcare Foundation, in an effort to bring high quality technology and patient care to Marion County.

The Lancaster Division received several grants for Covid-19 Relief Funding from the Chester Healthcare Foundation and Catawba Connect.

MUSC Health is currently designing a new hospital in the Williamsburg/Lake City region with a targeted opening date of January 2023. The facility is being built to replace two existing hospitals located in Williamsburg and Lake City, respectively, and will become part of the Florence Division of MUSC Health. The Florence Division looks forward to continuing to grow health care services throughout the community.

MUSC Health currently has a presence in the Williamsburg / Lake City region that includes MUSC Health – Primary Care – Kingstree, MUSC Health – Primary Care – Lake City, MUSC Health – Express Care – Lake City and MUSC Health – Imaging Center – Lake City.

A Certificate of Need (CON) was approved to move forward with building a one-hundred bed hospital in the northern end of Lancaster County for MUSC Health – Lancaster. This hospital will be in addition to the current hospital located in Lancaster proper and will join the existing Indian Land entities of The Surgery Center at Edgewater, MUSC Health – Physical Therapy – Indian Land, MUSC Health – Primary Care – Indian Land and the MUSC Health Specialty Clinic in Indian Land.

MUSC Health – Physical Therapy – Indian Land opened at the end of the year in the brand-new flagship YMCA building. This area of the state is one of the fastest growing areas in SC and provides a great opportunity for the MUSC Mission to be grounded in this portion of the state.

Telemedicine services continue to expand in The Lancaster Division as Tele Stroke began in Chester in 2020 and the beginning of 2021 will bring tele-antibiotic stewardship, tele-palliative care and tele – infectious disease to the market.

The growth experienced in 2020 would not have been possible without the recruitment of over twenty highly trained and sought-after providers. These skilled providers hail from all over to bring the MUSC Health level of care to the region. This provider growth was spear headed by Chief Medical Officer, Edward McCutcheon, MD, FACHE, who is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in a role that is new to the Lancaster Division. In addition to this physician leadership role, Keia Hewitt, MD, joined the staff as the Divisional ED Medical Director and Dr. Avinish Juneja serves as the Divisional Hospitalist Medical Director. J. Scott Broome, MHA, MAIS, FACHE, also began in 2020 as the CEO of the MUSC Health – Lancaster Division.