The Duke Endowment Awards $21 Million to Health Sciences South Carolina

August 1, 2006

In 2006, The Duke Endowment awarded Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) a historic, $21 million, three-year grant to support research in the areas of clinical effectiveness and patient safety and healthcare quality. The grant is the largest award ever made by the private foundation’s healthcare division. The grant will enable the establishment of the SmartState Center of Healthcare Quality and Clinical Effectiveness and will enable HSSC to fully develop and implement SmartState Centers and their endowed chairs.

“The Duke Endowment is pleased to make this grant to Health Sciences South Carolina,” said Duke Endowment Chairman Russell M. Robinson, II. “It addresses clinical effectiveness, patient safety and health care quality, increasingly important areas of focus for the healthcare industry as well as The Duke Endowment. The great work by HSSC in these areas, with the Endowment’s new support, will ultimately make a positive difference in the health of all South Carolinians for generations to come.”

Each year The Duke Endowment awards millions of dollars in grants to benefit the people of North and South Carolina in four categories: child care, education, rural churches and health care. Each grant must meet strict criteria and receive approval of its Board of Trustees.

“The Trustees were unanimous in the support of this grant,” said Dr. William G. Anlyan, chairman of The Duke Endowment’s healthcare division. “It confirms our support of HSSC’s partner hospitals and universities and healthcare professionals who are working collaboratively and in cooperation on this extraordinary statewide endeavor. The Trustees applaud your commitment and vision of working together to create a healthier South Carolina.”

The issues of patient safety, clinical effectiveness, and health care quality are at the national forefront, and The Duke Endowment’s $21 million grant targeted at advancing research in these areas captured the attention of other healthcare organizations, including the Institute of Medicine.

Commenting on the award, Institute of Medicine President Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg said,

"This pacesetting gift from The Duke Endowment will help propel South Carolina into the forefront of research on patient safety, clinical effectiveness and healthcare quality. The gift is a tribute to the remarkable statewide collaboration among institutions involved in HSSC and to a shared public-private commitment to improve healthcare quality and efficiency throughout the state. I salute the leaders of The Duke Endowment and South Carolina for an enterprise that can improve the lives of millions and become a model for the nation."


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