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New State of the Art Children’s Hospital Opens Doors to Patients in Charleston

Before the sun rose on Saturday morning of February 22nd, an entourage of dedicated staff, 30 ambulances, and diligent transport crew lined up in front of the original MUSC Children’s Hospital wide-eyed with excitement and enthusiasm. After five years of planning and construction, the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital was ready, and more than 200 patients were carefully transported from the old to new building.

15-month-old Mya Broxton was the first patient to undergo this commute as she was moved to the pediatric critical care unit, grinning from ear to ear as she devoured the new facility’s playrooms and towering glass windows.


Colleton Medical Center transport team moves Mya Broxton (first PICU patient to be moved) via the skywalk between ART and the new children’s hospital during the move-in to the new the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital Move-In Day
Patient: Mya Broxton
Mom: Ladasha Broxton
Ribbon cutting for the first PICU room in the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.
SJCH – Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital Move-In Day

This 10 floor, 650,000 square ft facility houses 250 licensed beds, 20% more than what was held in the old facility. It holds the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the state of South Carolina, with 7 couplet care rooms to increase recovery times and outcomes. “Stork ” elevators have been incorporated for expectant mothers to easily come and go to delivery rooms. It also includes an entire floor dedicated to children battling cancer, located on the top floor of the building with a top-notch view of Charleston, and three playrooms to spare. A Child Life play atrium, an outdoor garden, and a cafeteria with breathtaking views of the city can also be enjoyed here by patients and families, who also have access to the kitchen, lounges, laundry, and showers if staying for an extended amount of time.

The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital is the designated burn and solid organ transplant center in South Carolina, and is also ranked in 5 sub-specialties by US News & World Report.