Charleston’s medical community is attracting some of America’s premier physicians and specialists as a result of the area’s commitment to provide the best care in the southeast in addition to the quality of living and friendly lifestyle to be found in the Charleston area.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824 and is a large downtown 40-acre medical complex, with more than 80 buildings.
It serves as a major referral center in South Carolina for diagnosing and treating disease. In the past ten years, $200 million in capital improvements for the Medical Center focused resources on improved quality of patient care and accessibility of services. In 2003-04 there were over 27,000 inpatient admissions and almost 630,000 outpatient visits.
The MUSC Children’s Hospital is a 128-bed, modern, state-of-the-art facility planned, designed, equipped and staffed with children in mind. CHILD magazine lists the MUSC Children’s Hospital as one of the top 25 in the U.S. This is the third consecutive Best Children’s Hospitals survey in which MUSC was included in the elite list. In addition, it has one of the few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state and is named one of the country’s top 10. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed exclusively by trained pediatric critical care teams.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare has ten locations in the tri-county area. Roper Hospital on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, recognized for its leading edge technology and best practices, was founded as the first community hospital in the Carolinas.
In 1829, Colonel Thomas Roper left $30,000 to the physicians of the Medical Society of South Carolina, it was with this gift that the Medical Society established Roper Hospital. The hospital has won numerous national awards for quality patient care and has a reputation for providing state-of-the-art health services. The 453-bed acute care facility offers several Centers of Excellence.