|MUSC, GHS reach strategic alliance agreement, expand partnership
upon a well-established history of collaboration, Georgetown Hospital
System (GHS) and MUSC announced a new strategic affiliation agreement
that will expand local access to medical services, expertise and
clinical support offered by MUSC.
An unwavering commitment to providing high quality, value-driven
healthcare services is the basis for developing this agreement, said
Bruce P. Bailey, CEO of Georgetown Hospital System. “This
relationship provides an ideal situation for our community. By
combining the strengths of our medical staff and hospital employees,
facilities and existing services with those afforded by an organization
with the established reputation and well-known expertise of MUSC, local
residents have additional access to expanded medical services without
leaving the community,” he said. “We are very enthusiastic about
exploring the many possibilities provided by this relationship.”
MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., echoed Bailey’s thoughts.
“The medical university has had a mutually supportive relationship with
Georgetown Hospital System for many years. The new partnership
will take these collaborations to a new level by combining the
strengths of both institutions to better serve our patients.”
According to the newly executed agreement, local patients will benefit
from a wide variety of MUSC medical specialty consultation services as
a result of a telecommunications system that links the two
organizations. Enhanced opportunities for participation in
clinical trials and research, as well as training opportunities for
MUSC residents and medical students, are other benefits.
For some time, Georgetown area residents have benefited from existing
collaborations with MUSC. One such agreement in existence since the
opening of Georgetown Hospital System’s Francis B. Ford Cancer
Treatment Center allows local residents to receive radiation therapy
services without leaving the community. Another such partnership
provides access to telestroke services through the REACH program.
Georgetown Hospital System also announced plans to seek a certificate
of need to bring cardiothoracic surgical services to Georgetown County
through a relationship with MUSC cardiology specialists.
Friday, March 12, 2010