The Medical University of South Carolina has announced a $25 million gift from businessman Shawn Jenkins toward a new children's hospital in downtown Charleston.
The largest gift in the university's history will support construction of a new facility to replace MUSC Children's Hospital, which opened in 1987. Scheduled to open in 2019, the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital will provide more spacious, family-centered amenities and expanded services, including an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a floor dedicated to the care of children with cancer, and the most comprehensive pediatric heart center in South Carolina.
Jenkins, who has lived in the Charleston area since 1989, is co-founder and CEO of software company Benefitfocus.
"I was raised by a single mother, and while I was fortunate to be healthy, we did fret about money," said Jenkins. "Something could have gone wrong at any minute. The children who come here are at the most vulnerable point in their lives in terms of health and finances. They need someone to stand in the gap with them. My family is fortunate to be able to do that, and we look forward to working together with the community to bring the best health care possible to the children of South Carolina and our neighboring states."