Unfurling a year of reflection and celebration

January 16, 2024
Blue flag with MUSC, Medical University of South Carolina, 1824-2024, Then, Now, Next written on it.
The MUSC Bicentennial flag was raised on Jan. 1 and can be seen all year high above multiple MUSC medical facilities in the Lowcountry, Midlands, PeeDee and other communities around South Carolina. Image Provided

As the calendar turned its page to Jan. 1, 2024, MUSC was poised to embark on a yearlong celebration commemorating its remarkable 200-year history. The very first event marking this momentous occasion was the raising of the MUSC Bicentennial flags across the entire system, a symbolic gesture heralding the beginning of a year filled with reflections on MUSC's past, a celebration of its present and anticipation of the future.

Established in 1824, MUSC's origins trace back to modest settings, where first classes convened on Nov. 8.
Over the ensuing two centuries, the institution has flourished into the state's only comprehensive academic health system, providing superior educational opportunities, conducting groundbreaking research and offering exemplary patient care.

The flag-raisings on Jan. 1 served as a poignant reminder of the perseverance and innovative spirit of MUSC's founders. President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, expressed his enthusiasm for honoring the institution's enduring legacy. "We are excited to celebrate the 200-year journey of contributions, milestones and firsts that MUSC faculty, leaders, students and staff have made to the health care landscape in South Carolina."

The president, along with MUSC Health CEO Patrick Cawley, M.D.; University provost Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D.; College of Medicine Dean Terry Steyer, M.D.; VP of Research Lori McMahon, Ph.D., and Regional Health Network CEOs Scott Broome, Catawba Division; Matt Littlejohn, Midlands Division; Walter Bennett, Orangeburg Division; and Jay Hinesley, Pee Dee Division, were part of their respective ceremonies held at central locations.

These special events have been compiled into a video that will be shared with all employees throughout the system so that they, too, can participate in the moving ceremonies. MUSC Bicentennial flags are being flown at all Charleston area medical facilities as well as Columbia Downtown and Columbia NE, Laurel Street Medical Pavilion, Kershaw, Black River, Lancaster, Florence, Marion, Chester and Orangeburg.

The MUSC Bicentennial flag represents not only the institution’s passage of time but also the resilience and unwavering commitment of MUSC to its goal to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. As it unfurls against the South Carolina sky, it symbolizes MUSC’s dedication to its tripartite mission of advancing health care, education and research. The MUSC Bicentennial celebration this year is an invitation for the community to join the institution in recognizing the profound impact it has had on the Lowcountry and state and applauding our remarkable journey over the past two centuries. The Bicentennial is a celebration of progress, resilience and the promising future that awaits us as we look to the next 200 years.

“As we celebrate our rich history, the raising of our University's Bicentennial flag symbolizes not
just our past but the forward-thinking aspirations of our students and residents and unwavering commitment of our faculty to the future of medicine, guiding the path for generations to come,” said Steyer.

Please periodically check the Bicentennial website for the latest information on events, activities and schedules.

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