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MUSC launches $300M public capital
launched the public phase of a capital campaign to raise at least
$300 million in private contributions by June 30, 2011.
During a May 2 kickoff ceremony held on the university’s campus, MUSC
President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D, announced that the campaign,
called “A Partnership of Promise,” already raised $207 million during
its “quiet phase” which began in July 2004.
signs the banner during the kickoff while her son Joseph watches. The
banner will be signed by individuals throughout South Carolina as a
show of committment to the campaign which runs through June 2011.
“I hesitate to share that, because it implies that we’re nearing the
line,” Greenberg told the crowd of 200 guests who attended the launch
event. “The fact is, our most difficult work is still ahead of us.”
MUSC launched the campaign to fund projects and initiatives that
otherwise would not be feasible with its current funding mechanisms.
Although MUSC is a public institution, the state provides only 6.4
percent of the university’s annual operating budget.
“You can’t create excellence on 6.4 percent, not the kind of excellence
that we expect from a nationally renowned leading health care
institution,” said Bob Sywolski, former CEO of Blackbaud and member of
the university’s capital campaign cabinet and MUSC Foundation Board.
“We are here tonight because we all understand that,” Sywolski said
during the ceremony.
“We have a clear vision of what this institution can be and needs to
be, for each of us, individually, our families and the generations to
come. And ultimately, we understand that it’s going to take
money—private money—to make that vision a reality.”
A Partnership of Promise aims to raise at least $300 million that will
empower MUSC to enhance its overall academic, patient care and research
environment. Specifically, the campaign will raise at least $100
million for endowed chairs and professorships; $100 million for new and
upgraded facilities and equipment; $50 million for student scholarships
and fellowships; and $50 million for academic centers and programs.
MUSC has embarked on only one other capital campaign during its
That campaign, which ran between 1985 and 1988, began with a goal of
$10.95 million and ultimately raised $16 million. Green-berg described
campaign’s $300 million goal as “ambitious but altogether achievable,”
thanks to a growing awareness about MUSC’s role in advancing public
health in South Carolina.
Seinsheimer, a member of the Heart & Vascular Center Board, signs
the Partnership of Promise campaign banner as a symbol of her support
of the $300 million fund-raising effort. Seinsheimer and her husband,
Wally, recently made a gift that will enable the university to build a
new preventative cardiology clinic in ART.
Kickoff speaker Beverly Seinsheimer said this awareness led her and her
husband, Wally, to make their campaign gift, a $1 million contribution
that will build a preventive cardiology clinic in Ashley River Tower.
Seinsheimer described their gift as “the culmination of our lifelong
search to discover and indulge our ultimate passion.” A former nurse
specializing in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Seinsheimer said
her interest in cardiovascular health became more personal when her
husband developed heart problems of his own. That experience led the
Seinsheimers to become involved with MUSC on a volunteer basis. She
began serving on the MUSC Heart & Vascular Center Board and he
became a director on the MUSC Foundation Board.
In recent months, the Seinsheimers discussed an idea with MUSC
physicians for a new clinic that would help prevent heart disease by
lifestyle habits. While the need for such a center was urgent, the
resources were nonexistent. “We came to see that we had an opportunity
build something that would help people live longer, happier lives—not
today, but in perpetuity,” Seinsheimer said. “At that point, Wally and
I both realized that we had discovered our passion. We knew that the
Medical University offered us a way to turn our vision into something
The Seinsheimer Clinic for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease is
expected to open by the fall. When it does, it will offer comprehensive
cardiovascular exams, nutrition assessments, counseling,
rehabilitation, weight management, and exercise as means to improving
“I believe this campaign brings to each of us a unique opportunity,
maybe a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover your passion, and to
create a legacy that
can touch people from this point forward,” Seinsheimer said during the
ceremony. “It’s an incredible opportunity. And when you realize it’s
there, I’d encourage you not to wait; seize it, and seize it now. We
did, and we’ve never felt richer.”
Friday, May 16, 2008
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