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Date:2/4/2008

electronic record, whether it be an image from a catheterization, lab results or an echocardiogram, can instantaneously be brought up on a monitor in the operating room with the touch of a button. The new MUSC hospital is one of the first in the nation to have this capability in the operating room.

Flexibility of space was a key element in the design of this new facility, recognizing future needs and technology will change over the years. In the operating room, most equipment is suspended from booms in the ceiling rather than taking up space on the floor, making it easier for equipment to be replaced. All patient rooms can easily be converted to additional ICU beds, if the need arises.

MUSC's new facility also has a number of technical features to improve overall patient safety. Ashley River Tower is the first health care facility in the U.S. built under new hurricane and seismic construction codes. A mock- up of the hospital's exterior was tested under rigorous structural conditions to certify the facility's design could withstand a hurricane and seismic event.

Total cost of the hospital project is approximately $275 million. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development insured $401 million in bonds to finance the hospital project. This figure insures both bonds for the new construction project and re-funding of existing debts. The consolidation of these debts is a requirement for the new funding. For more information, visit http://www.muschealth.com/ashleyrivertower.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina is the one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC is home to more than 3,000 students and residents, as well as more than 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. As the largest non-federal
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