The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced a three-year, $21 million grant to Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) to improve the delivery of health care and boost the economy, the State reports.
The largest single grant made by the endowment's healthcare division will support projects that through research and training advance HSSC's goal of improving the safety, quality, and effectiveness of care delivered in the state's hospitals. In addition, some of the funds will draw a dollar-for-dollar match in state money.
According to HSSC executive director Judy Cotchett Smith, the endowment will enable the partnership of six research universities and large health systems to share information as they carry out studies aimed at improving healthcare delivery. Some of the funding will support new research and training facilities at the Center for Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety, with clinics in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.
In recent years, health sciences have emerged as an engine of economic growth in South Carolina, though smaller institutions have not been able to compete with large urban medical centers for public and private research grants. According to the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, the statewide economic impact of HSSC was an estimated $8.5 billion in 2004, including 3.3 percent of South Carolina's total salaries, or one out of every thirty-eight jobs in the state.