MUSC Health Sets 2nd Round of Citizen Forums

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Main topic: How residents decide where they get health care

CHARLESTON, SC (Aug. 28, 2017) – MUSC Health officials are scheduling a second round of forums throughout the Lowcountry to discuss how residents make decisions regarding their health care.
 The Population Health Division has scheduled six hour-long sessions for September at various locations scattered around Charleston County. As in the first round, MUSC Health representatives are inviting up to a dozen residents age 65 or older to participate. Individuals of any background or health status are welcome to attend.

 “Our desired goal is to build lasting relationships with our volunteers so that we can better serve their health needs,” said Philip Smeltzer, Ph.D., Population Health Program administrator. “We want these forums to be a continuing dialogue with all our groups so that they and their neighbors can enjoy the best quality of life possible. We believe we can do that by meeting with them on a regular basis so that we get to know each other better.”

Some of the issues to be discussed include:
·       How do you determine where you obtain medical services for non-emergency care?
·       Do you research your health issue prior to your appointment, either on the Internet or in discussions with friends or family?
·       If you chose MUSC Health for your care, why? If not, why not?
·       Were you satisfied with your choice of health care provider or the services provided?
The forums will be held at the following locations and times:
  •   Mount Pleasant Regional Library, Sept. 19, 2 pm
  • 7410 Northside Drive, North Charleston, Sept. 20, 10 am
  • Charleston County Library Main Branch, Sept. 21, 10 am
The forums are a follow-up to the first round of meetings held in June. Interested persons may contact MUSC Health Population Health at (843) 792-6637 or
About MUSC
 Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children’s hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit
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