July COVID-19 update from leadership

Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.
July 20, 2020
MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital

Dear friends, 

We hope your families are well and that you continue to practice recommended safety protocols. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation. Please know the most recent information is always available to you through our website

Thanks to thoughtful planning and generous contributions from businesses and foundations, we are well equipped with medical supplies to manage the patient surge. Something else to share is the tireless dedication of our many care team members who volunteer to work evenings, weekends and holidays to care for patients. This may sound cliché, but we are humbled by, and grateful for, our colleagues’ efforts and continuous stream of “How can I help?” emails. 

In the pandemic’s shadow, MUSC Children’s Health has received national recognition for clinical care. As you may have read, once again we are a top 50 U.S News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, the No. 1 ranked children’s hospital in South Carolina with four specialties ranked among the top 50 in the nation. Our cardiology program ranked No. 10 nationally. 

Additionally, the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) team was awarded the platinum level Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) award for excellence in life support. There are only 10 children’s hospitals awarded this distinction which signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional patient care. It also demonstrates to the health care community an assurance of high-quality standards, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members. This is tremendous recognition for the MUSC Children’s Health ECMO and cardiothoracic surgery teams. 

In a first for the academic world, our university faculty pivoted to a virtual residents and fellows recruitment process. We also adjusted learning structures to accommodate pandemic-directed safety protocols and continue to recruit accomplished faculty members who will help further our academic medical center mission. 

Significant events will continue to happen because, and in spite, of COVID-19. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we navigate the “new normal.”  

Be safe and #WearAMask. 

Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.
MUSC Children’s Health 


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Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.

Keywords: COVID-19