The Medical University of South Carolina has announced a $5 million gift from Charleston businessman Gene Reed, Jr. in support of a pediatric heart program at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital, which is slated to open in the fall.
According to the hospital, the Gene Reed Jr. Heart Floor will have two catheterization/electrophysiology suites and two cardiac-specific operating suites and will offer the most comprehensive heart services in the state. With amenities designed to foster healing for patients and caregivers alike, the floor will include private rooms and sleeper beds as well as three child-friendly activity rooms for relaxation and play.
Since the mid-1990s, Reed has provided more than $250,000 in support of MUSC Children's. Founded in 1824, MUSC is South Carolina's only academic health science center and provides a range of broad-spectrum healthcare services, including education, prevention, and acute emergency assistance.
"We are incredibly grateful for this gift and what it means for our patients and their families," said MUSC chief executive Patrick J. Cawley. "Since the late 1980s, our children's heart program has cared for all children in the state of South Carolina who need complex, high-quality heart treatments, interventions, and monitoring. Mr. Reed's support of this important program demonstrates a real commitment to the health and wellness of children in the Lowcountry and beyond."