MUSC Health Florence Division Welcomes New CEO

Florence, SC, April 20, 2021 – Julian (Jay) Hinesley has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of MUSC Health’s Florence Division, effective mid-May 2021. The Florence Division encompasses MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and their medical practices and affiliates.

Hinesley comes to MUSC Health from Vanderbilt Health, where he currently serves as CEO of Vanderbilt’s Wilson County Hospital, a 245-bed acute care facility.

Hinesley brings a strong record of CEO success, excellent relational skills and a passion for building highly effective care teams in the community hospital setting. He has spent the last two years integrating this community hospital into the broader Vanderbilt Health System.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Jay to the MUSC family. We are excited about the leadership and passion he will bring to our Florence Division as we continue to improve health and maximize quality of life through education, research and patient care,” says Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., CEO of MUSC Health and Vice President for Health Affairs, University.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Florence Division and the entire MUSC Health system. Jay is an excellent fit for this role, and we are thrilled to have him leading the team,” says Matthew Severance, MBA, MHA, FACHE, Chief System Development and Affiliations Officer of MUSC Health.

Hinesley attended Presbyterian College as an undergraduate and received a Master’s in Health Administration from MUSC. He began his career at Roper St. Francis in Charleston and then worked for Community Health Systems as a hospital CEO for seven years before joining Vanderbilt Health.

Hinesley and his wife have three young children and family ties to the Florence area. They are thrilled to be returning to South Carolina.


About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South as well as the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center, with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $271 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal year 2020, continuing to lead the state in obtaining National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $129.9 million. For information on academic programs, visit

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 2020, for the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $3.2 billion. The more than 17,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.