The state’s public-private biomedical research collaborative is getting $11.25 million from the Duke Endowment.
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), The Duke Endowment, the state commerce department and state legislators held a press conference to announce the funding. In 2006, the same endowment gave HSSC $21 million, the largest grant for a health care initiative in the foundation’s history
HSSC President and CEO Dr. Jay Moskowitz said, “HSSC, through the support of The Duke Endowment, can translate research discoveries into improved delivery and care models and healthier lifestyles that will benefit not only South Carolinians, but all humanity.”
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), combines the efforts all the research universities and hospitals across the state for research and sharing of information. They work alongside SmartState, South Carolina’s State Lottery-funded program to recruit world-class scientists to base their research here. There are more than 30 endowed research chairs funded as SmartState (formerly known SC Centers of Economic Excellence) programs.
Moskowitz calls this a “demonstration of how we can bring together three academic institutions and seven hospital systems. There is no competition when it comes to health improvement and patient safety.”
One effort the grant will finance is the creation of a health care information technology and clinical trials network in South Carolina with a statewide clinical data warehouse. That is designed to allow medical teams to use clinical data to make evidence-based decisions.
Commerce Director Bobbie Hitt says this kind of funding will spur the state’s economy. “South Carolina is a laboratory. It’s a place that we can bring people to help us solve our problems and at the same time leverage what we have here for better for South Carolina and for health services nationwide, ” sais Hitt. “The creation of this intellectual property in cutting-edge health care fields can ead to lucrative technology licensing and the creation of new companies in South Carolina—very, very important to all of us here.”
Georgetown Representative Carl Anderson said today’s announcement is “great news” for rural hospital systems. “It’s going to help us bring more doctors and research in,” Anderson said.