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Medical University of South Carolina Opens State-of-the-Art Facility
Date:2/4/2008

one convenient location.

"The design of this building represents the collaboration and expertise of hundreds of physicians, nurses and caregivers, hospital leadership and patients," said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Executive Medical Director. "Patient safety and quality of care were at the center of every conversation, and together, we've created an environment which applies a new understanding of what constitutes superior health care."

Comprised of a four-story diagnostic and treatment building, a seven-story patient hospitality tower and a garden atrium that connects the two buildings, Ashley River Tower is designed around the patient experience, delivering the highest quality care in a comforting environment. Patients enjoy amenities to reduce the stress and anxiety of hospitalization, including spacious, private rooms with family day space, wireless Internet access, family lounges on each floor, and valet and concierge services, among other features.

The exterior design is primarily made up of glass to afford patients access to natural light, which is proven to positively impact the healing process. The facility's innovative architecture is capped off by a large glass curtain wall reflecting the rich nautical history of Charleston.

The facility also is equipped with new technology to greatly enhance patient safety and reduce infection and promote a "green" environment. A new electronic medical records system captures all patient-related information in one central location, making records more easily accessible to referring physicians and caregivers as well as reducing the use of paper. A central sterile corridor allows doctors and nurses to quickly cross between operating rooms during an emergency. Recyclable and paper-free materials are used throughout the building.

Each operating suite in the facility has multiple flat screen monitors to allow surgeons to view surgical images more easily. Anything that is on the patient's
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