In 2005, the State of South Carolina provided $5 million in funding to Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) for a Research Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) in Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety. The CoEE has three endowed chairs: the one in Patient Simulation Education and Research is held by John J. Schaefer III, M.D., an internationally recognized leader in this emerging field. Dr. Schaefer, a Professor in Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at MUSC, and Director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Center (CEPSC) in Charleston, is charged with establishing a statewide network of simulation centers, the first of its kind in North America.
HSSC is a public-private partnership of the state’s largest research universities (Clemson University, Medical University of South Carolina, and University of South Carolina) and health systems Greenville Hospital System, Palmetto Health and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. They share the vision of using health sciences research to drive economic growth and improve the state’s health status.