MUSC Earns HEED Award for Diversity Commitment

Contact: Heather Woolwine

Oct. 16, 2017

CHARLESTON, SC – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — MUSC will be featured along with 23 other recipients in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“With the help of many members of our MUSC teams across the enterprise, we submitted a comprehensive HEED award application that detailed an incredible and monumental amount of work and positive outcomes related to our diversity and inclusion journey so far,” said Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., university chief diversity officer at MUSC. “We are honored to be in the company of 23 organizations that have not only answered the call for enhancing diversity and inclusion within our higher education organization – particularly health professions, but that are leading the way for others to follow. We are proud to work in an institution that embraces diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative and pathway to a brighter future for us all.”

For a comprehensive and in-depth look at what MUSC and MUSC Health have been achieving and implementing in terms of embracing diversity and encouraging inclusion, visit MUSC Diversity.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For more information about the 2017 Health Professions HEED Award, visit Insight Into Diversity.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges and has more than 17,000 employees. As the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3.2 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $284 million.

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.