Update from leadership

Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.
November 10, 2020

Dear friends,

Webster's Dictionary defines resilience as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. We've heard this word a lot lately. But what about psychological resilience? According to Wikipedia, psychological resilience is defined as the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. We are humbled by MUSC Children's Health care team members' high propensity to actively and successfully engage with the latter definition of resilience.

Our health care teams, and the communities that support them, spent late summer and early fall pivoting from a Lowcountry pandemic surge to accelerating the return to normal. That required not just resilience, but psychological resilience. We will bounce forward, not back, by what we've learned about innovation, teamwork and our caring community. The outpouring of support from donors and volunteers allowed us to propel forward and provide the best care possible in the region to pediatric and adult patients from all walks of life.

We are poised to potentially experience another surge. If that happens, we know that this thread we call community will weave an even stronger fabric by which to bounce forward. Thank you for your support and psychological resilience for your families and community. May your Thanksgiving be filled with a new appreciation of family and our Lowcountry community.

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.