Preparations, cancellations, virtual care offering related to Hurricane / Tropical Storm Ian

MUSC Health providing no cost, virtual urgent care to all South Carolinians 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 29, 2022) – The MUSC Health Charleston hospital division will adopt emergency operations at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, September 29, and will operate under shelter in place status until further notice. 

Visitation is limited to one visitor per patient for adult patients and two visitors for pediatric patients beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. This is for the safety of our patients and families, as travel conditions may deteriorate as the storm approaches.  All outpatient clinics (including dental clinics operated by the university) are closed on Friday.

MUSC Health is now offering an online virtual urgent care service at no cost when people register with an email address. Go to and click on “Get Care Now,” then “Create Account.” Use promo code: MUSCIAN. Common conditions that can be treated include: allergy/hay fever, pink eye, sinus infection, skin rash, sore throat, urinary tract infection, flu, and an additional 40 conditions. Individuals with questions can email or call MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care Support at 843-474-1920.

All non-emergency, non-essential/non-designated university onsite activities have been cancelled through noon, Saturday, Oct. 1. Remote learning in all six colleges may occur at the discretion of the college and/or program, as well as remote work for eligible university staff and faculty.

For specific information about MUSC Health Florence or Marion Medical Centers, please contact Kim Geiger at

For information about MUSC Health Chester or Lancaster Medical Centers, please contact Ashley Shannon at

For information about MUSC Health Columbia Medical Centers Downtown or Northeast and MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging, please contact Karlin Ferguson at

For information about MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center, please contact Karlin Ferguson at


About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development, more than 350 telehealth sites and connectivity to patients’ homes, and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth 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 $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.