Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 182
Institutional | MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Meeting Critical Needs
TECHNOLOGY IS CRITICAL TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. BY STACI DAVIDSON
Medical University of Sou
Carolina - MUSC Children's
Shawn Jenkins Children's
Hospital and Pearl Tourville
* Project cost: $385 million
"We've completely aligned e
project wi e mission of e
- Mark A. Scheurer, M.D., M.Sc.
uilding a hospital is serious
business, and when planning the
MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's
Hospital, the Medical University
of South Carolina (MUSC) understood the
project's significance from the start. To
ensure the facility was built to meet the
critical and extensive needs of the community, MUSC Children's Health turned to the
clinicians and families the hospital would
serve to help guide the project.
"This project has been in discussion
for about 10 years or more," says Mark
A. Scheurer, M.D., chief of children's and
women's services. "It is as important to the
university as it is to our community, and I
mean that quite seriously. In the Lowcountry area and entire state, there's been an
influx of young families. We had a realization that we needed to match the healthcare
expectations with the environment of care
- the current facility was built in the late
1980s, and it wasn't designed with these
current concepts in mind."
The $385 million project also involves
the construction of the new Pearl Tourville
Women's Pavilion. The new Pearl Tourville
Women's Pavilion will provide the best in
technology, as well as the management of
the simplest to the most complex obstetrical conditions.
It was a priority for MUSC to align the
new children's hospital and pavilion with
CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM VOLUME 16, ISSUE 3
The MUSC Shawn Jenkins
Children's Hospital is important
to its community.
team decided to create IT
infrastructure that will allow
the hospital to adapt over time.
the mission of the health system, but the
university also wanted to use this opportunity to create a hub-and-spoke model
of care to purposefully establish quality
ambulatory care. A new 100,000-squarefoot ambulatory care center in North
Charleston will open in first-quarter 2019.
Throughout all of this planning, MUSC was
dedicated to engaging families, clinicians
and care providers.
"We've kept the community a part of
this along the whole way," Scheurer says.
"We've integrated everyone's input in a
very intentional and purposeful way, and
we've carried the communication process
into the build. Although not typical for an
area of this size, we are developing a huband-spoke model with the new hospital as
the hub and the ambulatory campus as the
main spoke. We hope this model will serve