CHARLESTON, South Carolina (April 6, 2021) —The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) are joining forces to provide enhanced health care services to members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
The effort will be a phased, multi-year initiative. In year one, expanded services will include access to MUSC’s 24/7 virtual urgent care platform, improved availability of clinical care and integrated imaging, as well as laboratory and pharmacy services.
Historically, members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets received on-campus medical treatment as part of their tuition and fees. The Citadel has a strong infirmary on campus, unlike other colleges, where cadets receive primary medical care, diagnostic testing and treatment, wellness education, and hospital care when needed. The Mary B. Murray Infirmary was one of the first buildings constructed when the Citadel moved to its present location from Marion Square in the 1920s. Since its construction, nurses and a doctor employed by the college have occupied the establishment. Going forward, the infirmary will be staffed by doctors, nurses and health care providers from MUSC Health.
“Some of the many benefits offered by this affiliation include integrated access to health care for cadets who can use MUSC’s digital medical records portal to manage their care, prescriptions and appointments, and will now have 24-hour access. hours a day to their medical records and appointments. as continuing to have round-the-clock access to medical care,” said Citadel Vice President for Finance and Business Charles Cansler. “In addition, cadets will be treated with the latest medical technology both on campus and at other MUSC facilities as needed. And over time, improvements will be made to the infirmary’s equipment, processes and the building itself.
Cansler reported to the Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV) that under the new structure, MUSC Health will bill insurers for medical care provided and the college will cover MUSC’s co-pay costs for cadets. Affiliation will also slow cost increases for cadets for medical services. The BOV approved the interagency affiliation agreement between the two South Carolina public institutions, and The Citadel and MUSC made it official in late February.
“We are delighted to partner with The Citadel to bring MUSC’s expertise in high-quality, patient-centered care to the Corps,” said Eugene Hong, MD, Chief Medical Officer of MUSC Health. “Health care is currently undergoing a major transformation – from digitizing and automating certain services to how and when individuals access in-person care. As community needs change over time, we look forward to doing our part to help the Citadel ensure the health and well-being of the Corps.
Affiliation will be overseen by a joint operating committee made up of three people from each institution.
“The Citadel wishes to thank Dr. Carey Capell, who provided many years of service to the Corps of Cadets with great dedication as Director of Infirmary,” Cansler said. “Dr. Capell will remain to assist in the transition to MUSC services and is expected to retire at a later date.
Other current infirmary staff will be incorporated into the new facility plans or they may decide to transfer to other MUSC sites.
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The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston and South Carolina that stands out for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, the Citadel has approximately 2,300 undergraduate students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend Citadel Graduate College, an evening and online civilian program that offers graduate and professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.
The Citadel is best known nationally for its cadet corps, which attracts students from approximately 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women of the Corps live and study within a classic military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the only comprehensive academic healthcare system in the state, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students across six colleges – dentistry, graduate, health professions, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its healthcare system. MUSC provided more than $327.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021, leading the state in overall research funding. MUSC also leads the state in funding federal and state institutes of health, with more than $220 million. For more information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.
As a health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of health care providers. health and exceptional leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided in 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital sites under development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 healthcare locations located in all regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the #1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.
MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The approximately 25,000 members of the MUSC team include world-class faculty, physicians, specialist providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support education, cutting-edge research and patient care.