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John Schaefer conducting pediatric course

Coming Together

In April 2004, the leaders of two of South Carolina’s largest healthcare systems and two of the state’s research universities came together to announce the formation of Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), a unique public-private partnership with a shared vision and a shared plan.

HSSC is the first and only truly statewide integration of scientists, clinicians and data systems in the nation. The vision of HSSC is to improve the quality of life, health, and economic well being of the State through a coordinated strategy of advanced health sciences research and education. HSSC member hospital systems represent more than 50% of hospital beds and discharges, over 60% of nursing students, and approximately 90% of general medical education residents in South Carolina, as well as accreditation oversight of continuing medical education activities. This provides an unparalleled ability to impact the health care of an entire state with a single integrated research and education program.

Our Roots

The Clinical Education and Patient Safety Center is one of 6 research areas of focus in the HSSC statewide collaborative effort. This unit is supervised by Dr. John Schaefer, the Endowed Chair in Patient Simulation Education at the Medical University of South Carolina, who has overall responsibility for patient safety and simulation education across the entire state of South Carolina.

Health Sciences South Carolina Today

Today, Health Sciences South Carolina is a dynamic statewide entity that includes Clemson University, Greenville Health System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, the Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Already the Collaborative is affecting change and achieving results necessary to transform the state’s economy and health status.

Continued Growth

The Clinical Education and Patient Safety Center expanded to become HealthCare Simulation South Carolina in 2010. From its original partnerships with Clemson University, Greenville Health System, Greenville Technical College, University of South Carolina, and The Medical University of South Carolina, the collaborative has continued to grow beyond its original members and has begun to look at branching out into surrounding states.

Growth Creates Opportunities

To meet the demands of the collaborative, Healthcare Simulation South Carolina has expanded from an initial 5 member team to 15. Additional positions have allowed us to provide a Collaborative Service Coordinator who's primary role is to assist in the training and facilitating of simulation activities, a Collaborative Service Program Manager who provides centralized management and over site of collaborative projects, a dedicated scenario developer who has been instrumental in generating one of the largest catalogs of Practical Simulation scenarios on the SimStore, a dedicated curriculum developer and editor who has begun to generate online courses to accompany scenario sets and additional support staffs for technology and administration.

As of 2016, the regional collaborative includes 14 members.

Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair

Lewis Wardlaw Haskell Blackman 1985-2000 was one of South Carolina's most promising young citizens. He was dearly loved by his parents and sister. Lewis had a premature and potentially preventable hospital death. As a testament to his remarkable young life and as a commitment to advance the health and safety of all South Carolinians, the Medical University of South Carolina and Health Sciences South Carolina have dedicated an endowed chair in Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety to his memory. Honoring Lewis in this enduring manner will serve always as a reminder that our primary mission is the health and safety of our patients.

More information about Lewis Blackman and his legacy.


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