Why Midlands and Why Now?

July 31, 2021
Employees at Columbia Northeast in blue MUSC t shirts

I know there is a lot to keep up with these days, as we begin to emerge from some aspects of pandemic life and yet find ourselves immersed in an oncoming 4th wave. It's a valid and important question for MUSC family members, as well as all of those we serve, to ponder, "Why did we need to acquire hospitals in the heart of state, and why NOW?"

Dr. Pat Cawley, MUSC Health CEO and Vice President for Health Affairs for the University, and I recently shared our thoughts on this in a guest column for the Post and Courier. Want to know why Midlands and why now? Read on here. In addition to what's mentioned in that piece, I'll add that given the facilities involved, their critical role in the communities where they are located and what may have happened if we didn't step in were all factors in moving forward with the purchase in such an unorthodox amount of time.

There are a lot of challenges right now, and a lot of unknowns in healthcare. However, I find myself relying on the truth within a quote from one of my favorite leaders, President Abraham Lincoln. To paraphrase, the best way to predict the future is to create it. And that is what we are doing, together.

Dr. Cole on the podium at the MUSC Kershaw opening.

About the Author

David J. Cole
MUSC President
M.D., FACS