Greenwood, SC (August 31, 2022) – Self Regional Healthcare and the Charleston, South Carolina-based MUSC Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Network have signed an affiliation agreement to optimize the high-quality local care already established and expand of the surgical skills program.
Through this affiliation, Self Regional will work in collaboration with MUSC Health to advance clinical staff expertise through mentorship of the latest technologies and procedures in cardiovascular surgical care. In addition, the affiliation with MUSC Health will allow patients in the self-region to access a wealth of clinical trials, providing Upstate patients with a wide range of the most promising cardiovascular treatments currently available in the country.
“Self Regional is excited about this partnership,” said Matt Logan, MD, president and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare. “Working with such a respected organization like MUSC will not only allow our patients greater access to treatments, but will also enhance the cardiothoracic care we are able to provide here in the community.”
Self Regional is widely recognized for providing high-quality cardiovascular care, from complex interventions requiring cardiothoracic surgery, to the diagnosis, treatment and management of heart and vascular disease. The Vet Regional Heart and Vascular Center offers a wide range of advanced heart care ranging from prevention and emergency cardiac care, to open heart surgery and rehabilitation. Self Regional’s heart failure clinic was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Get With Guidelines in 2015, 2016 and 2017 based on the clinic’s quality and outcomes in stroke and heart failure care. The nationally accredited chest pain center ensures that the team of emergency physicians, cardiologists, critical care nurses, paramedics and the cardiac catheterization laboratory follow national guidelines to quickly diagnose and provide life-saving treatment to patients experiencing potentially life-threatening events for cardiac life.
“As the state’s only academic comprehensive medical center, we have a unique ability and responsibility to assist other South Carolina care providers as they seek to optimize local heart care,” said Marc R. Katz, MD, Professor and Division Chief of MUSC Health. Cardiothoracic surgery. “We want to help our colleagues at Greenwood take things to the next level through collaboration, education and research, as well as assisting as needed with clinical care to benefit the patients and families they serve.”
The MUSC Heart and Vascular Health Center has the largest combined team of heart and vascular specialists, researchers and educators in the state, providing extensive experience with all levels of cardiac care. The multidisciplinary team offers a depth and breadth of expertise that translates into better than national average rates of complications and hospital readmissions, and is the only program in South Carolina that offers heart transplantation, robotic valve surgery, and complex aortic surgery . The center also includes the state’s only cardiovascular genetics program, providing personalized care for patients and families with inherited heart and blood vessel disease. The program is consistently recognized as “high performing” by US News & World Report in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery and heart failure.
About Self Regional Health Care
Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit regional referral hospital providing care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services, including cancer care, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is a network of self-employed associates with 44 practices and more than 200 physicians.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive health system 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 in six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.
As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is committed to providing the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serving 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 connections to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations located in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.
MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, associates and care team members who provide and support innovative education, research and patient care.