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MUSC, GHS reach strategic alliance agreement, expand partnership

Building 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

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