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An exterior view of the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties.

Regional Medical Center trustees have approved a clinical affiliation with the Medical University of South Carolina, RMC President and CEO Thomas C. Dandridge announced Wednesday.

“The Regional Medical Center has enjoyed an excellent ongoing, albeit informal, relationship with MUSC for many years,” Dandridge said. “This affiliation agreement formalizes that relationship and creates opportunities for expanded interaction between RMC and MUSC physicians, staff, boards and leadership.”

RMC says in a release that the affiliation will allow it to enhance specific specialty services, initially targeting stroke care through telehealth technology and the surgical weight loss program. In the future, RMC and MUSC Health plan to further explore opportunities for enhanced care in cancer treatment, orthopedics and mental health.

MUSC Health Medical Center Executive Director and CEO Dr. Patrick J. Cawley said, “Today’s dynamic health care environment calls for new and different collaborations and clinical integrations to deliver the best care at the best location for the patient. Sometimes that means care delivered in the local community close to home and family, and other times the best outcome may require better access to the highly specialized services delivered by MUSC Health.”

MUSC Health, MUSC’s clinical enterprise, includes four inpatient facilities and more than 100 care settings across the state of South Carolina. It is the state’s leading provider of telehealth services, and one of only 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country.

In collaboration with local care providers, MUSC Health develops and implements models of care delivery with the goal of enhancing the health of all South Carolinians. Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties benefit from innovative, integrated care provided by local care givers at RMC and MUSC Health, RMC said in its release.

“The RMC health care system’s affiliation with MUSC Health further strengthens RMC’s comprehensive portfolio of primary, specialty and subspecialty health care services provided throughout the multi-county region,” Dandridge said.

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