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Clemson, Spartanburg Regional Join HSSC Collaborative

May 1, 2005

In 2005, Clemson University and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System became members of HSSC, joining founding partners Greenville Health System, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Palmetto Health, and the University of South Carolina (USC). With the addition of Clemson University and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, HSSC has the potential of generating $240 million for health sciences research over the next ten years.

Each of the six partners pledged to invest a minimum of $2 million per year for 10 years—a total of $120 million—for health sciences research. The money is eligible for matching dollars from the South Carolina Research Centers of Excellence Act, also known as the SmartState Endowed Chairs Program. If HSSC’s investment is matched in full by the state, the potential investment in health sciences research totals $240 million.

Commenting on the new members, HSSC Chairman and Palmetto Health CEO Kester Freeman said, “It is an exciting day for the collaborative partnership, but even more so for South Carolinians. The partnership that began with a shared vision to address our state’s health and economic challenges has just become much more powerful with the addition of two more dynamic and visionary partners, Clemson University and Spartanburg Regional. It is gratifying and invigorating that our dream to improve the health and economic status of our state is shared by these respected institutions. It underscores the fact that collaboration is the key to advancing the fortunes of our state.”

HSSC Vice Chairman and MUSC President Ray Greenberg says the new partners will enhance HSSC’s ability to affect change and produce measurable results quickly. “South Carolina is a state severely burdened by a high incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, and challenged by the lingering effects of high unemployment and low per capita income. This unique partnership between academia and health care is unprecedented and has the potential to drive economic growth and improve public health through a coordinated program of health sciences research. In today’s knowledge economy, innovation is the driver. With HSSC, South Carolina will be an innovator.”

Added Freeman, “Our vision from the beginning was to include new partners committed to improving our state. We are pleased these new pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place.South Carolina’s future depends on statewide cooperation, connectivity and involvement. With Clemson and Spartanburg Regional now on board, we are well on our way.”

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