|Dr. Ray Greenberg|
Dear Friends of the Darby Children's Research Institute,
At teaching hospitals such as the Medical University, there is a term called "bench to bedside" that refers to the act of taking we learn in research labs and applying it in a way that enhances patient care.
History has shown that the best way to optimize patient care is to move the "bench" as close as possible to the "bedside." That is, to give our patients more proximal and timely access to the most innovative treatment options known to medicine. That is why we are now seeking to build the Darby Children's Research Institute. The vision of former MUSC Pediatrics Chairman Charles Darby, M.D., this seven-story structure will house top biomedical scientists and the latest research technologies.
The Palmetto State has shown great support for this project. The university is grateful for the leadership of businesses such as Nucor Steel and Blue Cross Blue Shield and the commitment of citizens such as Linda Gadson and Dave Kreber. With their help and that of hundreds of others, the Institute has raised almost $12.3 million.
There is still work to be done. To give South Carolina's children access to the most advanced treatment and mark our state as an international center for pediatric research, organizations and individuals must contribute the remaining $3.7 million needed to complete this center.
Consistently recognized as one of the top children's hospitals in the country, the Medical University is already an established leader in children's health. We have deemed the Darby Children's Research Institute a top priority, knowing it will further strengthen clinical care and treatment options available right here in South Carolina - moving our bench even closer to our bedside.
So much has been accomplished already on behalf of South Carolina's children. With your help, our community can do even more.
Raymond Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Medical University of South Carolina