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Community Health Needs Assessment 2016

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), collecting information on the health status of the community it serves, with the goal of using the data to identify, prioritize and respond to community needs. The contents of the CHNA have been included in this report.

This assessment is aligned with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that calls for charitable 501(c)(3) hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and to develop implementation strategies to address the needs identified through the process every three years. A CHNA is the process by which a hospital will identify the overall health needs within its community by partnering with other community stakeholders to gather data and input from area groups and residents and assessing that information. Hospitals must then prioritize those needs and identify which will be addressed, within the scope of existing community benefit programs or the creation of new programs.

Any eligible hospital that fails to meet CHNA requirements, by the tax year beginning after March 23, 2013, is subject to a $50,000 excise tax, which will be applied separately to each individual facility that is subject to but fails to meet the requirements.

MUSC is a governmental entity funded and operated as a public institution of the State of South Carolina. It has been determined that MUSC is not legally required to submit an extensive CHNA formal report to the IRS. While not required by statute to conduct a CHNA, MUSC has taken measures to proactively conduct this study. We are committed in our efforts to identify, prioritize and develop strategies to respond to the unmet needs of our community.

Long before the recent federal CHNA requirements, MUSC was interested in assessing community need, using resources such as the Community Need Index (CNI), pioneered by Dignity Health in 2005. For years, MUSC completed traditional community benefit plans. The most significant difference between traditional community benefit plans and CHNAs is that a CHNA must take into account input from the community it serves, including individuals/organizations with expertise in public health.

In order to identify the needs of the community, MUSC has compiled and analyzed data about our service area, demographics, social and economic factors and access to health care. MUSC has partnered with Roper St. Francis and Trident United Way to successfully complete a Community Health Needs Assessment Report.

Who We Are

MUSC Health is the clinical enterprise of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), comprised of a 700-bed medical center, the MUSC College of Medicine and the physician practice plan. It serves patients across South Carolina and beyond through four hospital facilities in Charleston and more than 100 outreach sites. Among these are the Hollings Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in the state; a nationally recognized children’s hospital; the Center for Telehealth; and the state’s only transplant center.

The Medical University was founded in 1824 and has become a premier academic health sciences center at the forefront of the latest advances in medicine, with world-class physicians, scientists and groundbreaking research and technology that is often the first of its kind in the world. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy). As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.2 billion and an annual estimated, metro-wide economic impact of $3.8 billion.