MUSC Hollings Cancer Network Announces Tidelands Health as First Full Affiliate | MUSK

Charleston, SC, (January 5, 2023) –MUSC Health and TidelandsHealth are expanding their multi-year partnership with the appointment of TidelandsHealth Cancer Care Network as the first full affiliate of MUSC Hollings Cancer Network. This affiliation expands the relationship between the two organizations by creating a community-based, hub-and-spoke cancer care delivery model. Providing this fully integrated approach will offer additional direct and clinical patient benefits as well as improved connectivity to the research and educational experience of MUSC.

“This cancer affiliate network is the first of its kind in South Carolina and is a complete extension of the healing power offered through nationally designated cancer centers like Hollings Cancer Center,” said Ray DuBois, MD, Ph.D., MUSC Hollings Director of the Cancer Center. “Membership in this network is a testament to an organization’s commitment to bringing more care and treatment options and greater access to innovative clinical trials to the communities they serve. Additionally, this affiliation helps ensure that the next generation of physicians, scientists and educators learn from what we do today and then seek the next level in comprehensive cancer care tomorrow.”

Some specific cancer care benefits of the Affiliate include:

  • Access to a comprehensive set of community-based medical, surgical, and radiation oncology specialists
  • Support for healthcare navigation from initial diagnosis to treatment
  • Access to the latest evidence-based standard of care, nationally recognized cancer experts, and genetic testing
  • Participation in clinical trials and research studies closer to home
  • Increased sharing of electronic health records, ensuring all multidisciplinary care team providers have access to the same medical records

Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of TidelandsHealth, said membership in the new MUSC Hollings Cancer Network builds on the broad complement of cancer care services already offered by the TidelandsHealth Cancer Care Network, the nation’s most advanced provider of cancer care. area of ​​the Grand Strand.

“No one ever wants to hear the words, ‘You have cancer,'” Bailey said. “But this is a reality that thousands of people across our state face every year. Through the new MUSC Hollings Cancer Network, the highly skilled and compassionate experts of MUSC Health and TidelandsHealth are coming together to help our cancer patients become cancer survivors.

“I’m very excited about how this affiliation uses a model that delivers the ‘best care is local’ concept,” said David Zaas, MD, MUSC Health-Charleston Division CEO. “Healthcare is transforming, and by working even more together, we are enabling high-quality, well-coordinated and compassionate care for those we all serve. As a higher education institution, we are simultaneously demonstrating to future healthcare professionals and researchers the power of these collaborations.”

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center of South Carolina, with the largest academically based cancer research program in the state. The cancer center is made up of more than 120 cancer scientists from faculty and 20 academic departments dedicated to cancer prevention and burden reduction throughout South Carolina. Hollings offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, therapeutics, and surgical techniques within clinics multidisciplinary teams including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and other specialists equipped for the full range of cancer care, including more than 200 clinical trials throughout South Carolina.

MUSC Contact: Heather Woolwine / 843-792-7669 /[email protected]

TidelandsContact: Dawn Bryant / 843-652-1636 /[email protected]


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health care system with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges — Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy — and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health care system. MUSC raised more than $297.8 million in research funding in fiscal 2022, leading the state overall in research funding. For information on academic programs, visit

As the Medical University of South Carolina health system, MUSC Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest patient care by educating and training generations of excellent health care professionals and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided in 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital sites under development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with patient home connectivity; and nearly 750 places of care located throughout South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in 2022. 1 of South Carolina. For more information on clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include a world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates, and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.

About Tidelands Health

Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and affiliate of MUSC Health, serving Carolina at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteer partners work hand-in-hand with our communities to transform the health of our region by promoting wellness, preventing disease, encouraging healing and restoring health.

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