Pediatric care teams, administration to orchestrate complex move
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 10, 2020) – The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion has passed all necessary safety and regulatory inspections, and hospital administration and pediatric care teams have been cleared to occupy the building, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
“Our contractor informed us today that they have passed all of the necessary regulatory inspections needed to ensure the opening of a fully operational and safe hospital on Feb. 22.,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and vice president of Health Affairs, University. “Our children’s and women’s leadership and care teams have been eagerly awaiting this day, and we are all excited to share this opening date with our local and statewide community.”
On Saturday, Feb. 22, a complex and coordinated shift will take place, moving current MUSC Children’s Hospital patients and women in the current Labor and Delivery and mother/baby areas located on Ashley Ave. over to the new facility located at the corner of Courtenay Drive and Calhoun Street.
“We’re finally getting our keys to this one-of-a-kind facility, and it’s been the dedication, commitment and faith of many that have gotten us to this wonderful day. Our children’s and women’s teams deserve high praise for their perseverance, flexibility and expertise as we move through the final stages of occupying this new facility,” said Mark Scheurer, M.D., MUSC Children’s Hospital chief medical officer and project leader.
“We’ve waited a long time to finalize this move-in day, and now that it’s here, we’re just excited and ready to change what’s possible for the children, mothers and families of our local, statewide, regional and national communities.”
About MUSC Children’s Health
MUSC Children’s Health is changing what’s possible for children and their families by providing the pediatric clinical and research expertise every child deserves and needs. From promoting healthy lifestyles to offering life-saving treatments, Children’s Health delivers comprehensive and compassionate care to children throughout South Carolina and beyond.
Our integrated children’s health care system consists of the 250-bed MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (SJCH) and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion located on the Charleston peninsula, which is one of the most patient and family centered and technologically advanced hospitals for children and their families in the United States; the Charles P. Darby Research Institutewhere pediatric research teams conduct significant and ongoing efforts; the R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion in North Charleston which offers an ambulatory care and surgery center, specialty care and after hours clinics; and finally, expanded depth and breadth of expertise in multiple neighborhood locations throughout the Lowcountry, offering primary, urgent and specialty care in person or via telehealth.
We all want the best care for children of South Carolina now and in the future, and to do that, Children’s Health puts the needs of patients and their families first. This intentional way of moving forward aligns with the emerging national best practice of offering children’s ambulatory and specialty services within local communities and delivery of more acute care at a major flagship hospital. As a result, families receive the best combination of high quality, lower cost and easily accessible care possible. For more information visit http://musckids.org.
Heather M. Woolwine, M.A.
Director, Public Affairs, Media Relations and Presidential Communications
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Cannon Street, Suite 403
Charleston, SC 29425