|Rapid clinic available for same-day appointments
on the 8th floor of Rutledge Tower is one of MUSC’s greatest assets for
university and hospital employees, the Rapid Access Center (RAC). RAC
was created for MUSC/UMA/MUHA employees and their adult family members
to provide a fast, same-day, primary care appointment for acute-care
This service is brought to employees through the University of Internal
Medicine (UIM), under the Department of Medicine and the Division of
General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Patients receive care from a
designated provider and nurse from the UIM faculty practice.
Same-day appointments are available for those experiencing symptoms
such as flu, sinus infection, musculoskeletal pain (excluding chest
pain), vaginal discharge, ear pain, joint pain, pink eye, cold, cough,
rash, urinary tract infection, skin infection, sore throat and
diarrhea. In the event that a patient calls with symptoms that RAC does
not usually handle, the staff works to ensure the patient will be seen
by the appropriate provider within UIM.
On an average day, RAC treats about 25 patients. About 80 percent of
patients are employees. The remainder are adult family members of
employees and current patients of UIM. All patients are encouraged to
make an appointment so RAC can better provide rapid access and a quick
RAC complies with most insurance companies and offers the following
co-payments: SHP Savings Plan: 20 percent, SHP Standard Plan: $15, and
Preferred Blue (UMA): $20. BlueChoice Plan and CIGNA HMO are not
covered unless referred by primary care physician.
RAC is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located on the
Ashley Avenue side of Rutledge Tower, 8th floor. To schedule an
appointment, call 876-0888.
Friday, July 9, 2010