MUSC Health Offering Clinical Care in the Home

August 7, 2017

CHARLESTON, SC – MUSC Health will soon have the capability to provide clinical care to patients within their own homes throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.

Teaming with BAYADA Home Care, MUSC Health currently provides home health services to patients in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Eventually, home health services will be available to patients in the counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, Horry, and Orangeburg.

For homebound patients who need assistance and families juggling the daily demands of caring for someone who is sick or injured, this is especially welcome news, said MUSC’s Katie Deerin, affiliations coordinator for senior living and non-acute care.

“The MUSC brand carries great respect in the community with both patients and providers,” she said. “For MUSC Health patients to be able to stay with whom they trust for their health care, to stay in the MUSC family and in their own homes, where they feel the safest – that is a huge win. We are now able to bring the quality services we’re known for right to our patients’ homes throughout the entire Tri-county.”

In late 2016, MUSC entered into a joint agreement with not-for-profit BAYADA Home Care to create MUSC Health at Home by BAYADA. With 42 years of experience, BAYADA has 325 offices in 22 states and locations in Germany, India, Ireland, and South Korea. BAYADA’s experience provided MUSC with the operational expertise it needed to bring its signature care to patients in the community most efficiently.

MUSC Health CEO Patrick Cawley, M.D., said this joint venture comes as part of a growing trend in which hospitals are partnering with home care agencies to deliver seamless and coordinated home-based care. This new partnership, he added, will enable MUSC providers to take MUSC Health’s longstanding delivery of high-quality health care services and extend it into its patients’ most-preferred environment – their own homes.

He also stated that MUSC Health at Home will initially offer adult home health services and, once fully operational, services for pediatric patients will be added.

Millions of Americans provide care to their aging parents and sick children, and that stress can be tremendous for all involved. In many cases, what’s really needed is skilled health care provided by registered nurses and aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers. This type of follow-up care is often prescribed as part of the continuum of care following a hospitalization for illness or injury to help the patient transition back to independent living.

For more information, visit MUSC Health or call 843-576-5378 for information or to refer a patient.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit MUSChealth.org.