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, Director of the HealthCare Simulation South Carolina regional simulation collaborative and Director of the MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center in Charleston, is charged with establishing a statewide network of simulation centers, the first of its kind in North America.
HCSSC is a derivative of the HSSC public-private partnership. The collaborative is comprised of the region's largest universities (Wallace State, Trident Technical COllege and the University of South Carolina) and health systems (Greenville Health 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.