MUSC Health & tRMC

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Changing What's Possible Together

On February 10, the MUSC Board of Trustees voted unanimously voted to enter a long-term lease with the Regional Medical Center (tRMC) in Orangeburg, S.C. This decision supports MUSC Health’s of improving health and maximizing quality of life through education, research and patient care. 

As part of its commitment to providing accessible high-quality, coordinated and cost-effective patient care services through a community-based health care delivery network, MUSC Health will work with the local health care community to improve and expand access to advanced medical care in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties by: 

  • Recruiting physicians, nurses and allied health workers to meet the community’s needs most effectively.
  • Developing and applying best practices to improve care delivery and decrease health disparities.
  • Implementing and expanding telehealth services and using technology to enhance quality, safety and access to care.
  • Offering health care providers and clinical staff training and skill development opportunities.
  • Establishing future graduate medical education opportunities. 

MUSC Health’s approach is to help ensure and elevate best local care with appropriate access to the more complex care offered by the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, especially in the rural and underserved regions of our state. We are excited to welcome the tRMC to the MUSC Health family.

Frequently Asked Questions

About sixty percent of MUSC patients are from outside of the Charleston tri-county area. This acquisition will enhance patient access to MUSC’s high quality care while fulfilling the MUSC goal of building a high-performing integrated health system. Having a presence in these communities enables MUSC Health to deliver the highest quality of care in the most appropriate setting, with local care usually being the best care. This opportunity serves the best interests of patients and families in these communities as well as MUSC Health.

MUSC was invited by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties’ elected officials and the state legislature to consider a new relationship with the RMC prompting MUSC to present an offer that reflects fair market value for the operations of Regional Medical Center (RMC).

MUSC must wait until all appropriate regulatory approvals, and other discussions are concluded prior to finalizing this purchase. Townhall or communication sessions will be conducted to inform team members when the acquisition is completed.

MUSC Health has the funding capacity and needs to make the acquisition to achieve our strategic growth goals. We are confident our commitment to innovation and implementation of best practices for high quality care, patient satisfaction, and care team member engagement will lead to a financially healthy organization.

Until the offer was made and a response received, the discussions were in flux. It would have been inappropriate to provide any details about the confidential discussions before this point.

The leadership team is well aware of the above-and-beyond effort that our health care team members have consistently exhibited during this unprecedented pandemic. We also recognize the very real and detrimental effects of burnout and stretched resources. As an institution, MUSC is committed to the safety and well-being of our team members.

We recognize that reinvesting in you and in the systems that help teams achieve our best work is critical to continued individual and collective success. In the coming months, you will hear and read about innovative enterprise initiatives that are designed to increase connectivity and efficiency across the university, health system and faculty practice. Our leadership team continues to seek out ways to support our teams and provide you with the best technology and operational systems to work successfully together and serve our patients.

Second half of calendar year 2023.

We have not made any decisions at this time. In general, we favor continuity as the transition occurs.

Yes, approximately 1,400 employees will transfer from the Regional Medical Center to MUSC Health.

Yes, they will be renamed to align with MUSC Health and our branding.

Yes, they will be enrolled in MUSC Health benefit plans.

Approximately 80.

We are working on our strategic plan for the community. It is important to engage the community in this planning, so we will not have final plans until that is done.

At this time, they do not have any graduate medical education programs. We are evaluating starting programs in the future.

At this time, please do not reach out, so we minimize disruptions to their and our workflows and for consistency of messaging.

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