Charleston – A Medical Destination

Charleston’s medical community is attracting some of America’s premier physicians and specialists as a result of the area’s commitment to provide the best care in the southeast in addition to the quality of living and friendly lifestyle to be found in the Charleston area.

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824 and is a large downtown 40-acre medical complex, with more than 80 buildings.

It serves as a major referral center in South Carolina for diagnosing and treating disease. In the past ten years, $200 million in capital improvements for the Medical Center focused resources on improved quality of patient care and accessibility of services. In 2003-04 there were over 27,000 inpatient admissions and almost 630,000 outpatient visits.

The MUSC Children’s Hospital is a 128-bed, modern, state-of-the-art facility planned, designed, equipped and staffed with children in mind. CHILD magazine lists the MUSC Children’s Hospital as one of the top 25 in the U.S. This is the third consecutive Best Children’s Hospitals survey in which MUSC was included in the elite list. In addition, it has one of the few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state and is named one of the country’s top 10. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed exclusively by trained pediatric critical care teams.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare has ten locations in the tri-county area. Roper Hospital on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, recognized for its leading edge technology and best practices, was founded as the first community hospital in the Carolinas.

In 1829, Colonel Thomas Roper left $30,000 to the physicians of the Medical Society of South Carolina, it was with this gift that the Medical Society established Roper Hospital. The hospital has won numerous national awards for quality patient care and has a reputation for providing state-of-the-art health services. The 453-bed acute care facility offers several Centers of Excellence.

A Travel Destination

Charleston, SC. has become a world famous destination exemplifying old world southern charm, beauty and hospitality. For the fourteenth consecutive year, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine honored Charleston as a TOP 10 travel destination in the U.S. with Charleston ranking Number Five. However, this year, 2011, Conde` Nast rated Charleston the #1 best place to visit!

Charleston is also ranked the #4 Best American City in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2006 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Southern Living magazine’s readers have chosen it as the “most romantic city” in the south for several years. Visit the Charleston Area Visitor Center website: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/

Throughout its history the Historic Downtown District in Charleston has been the cultural capital of the South and is a living museum. In this beautifully preserved city you can experience tours through historic landmarks, including 18th century homes and plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market. There are historic sites on every street corner, usually next door to an art gallery or cultural venue due to the city’s impressive appreciation for all of the arts.

Two internationally renowned festivals, Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, are held in May and June drawing thousands of visitors. Two other popular events are Fashion Week and the Food & Wine Festival. In addition, there are many historic Charleston South Carolina accommodations from which to choose when planning your visit.

One of the best ways to see our beautiful city is by taking a Charleston historic tour, including walking tours, carriage tours, and water tours. There are also many tours that focus on different themes, such as the civil war, ghosts of Charleston, plantations, and the harbor. A tour boat will take you to Fort Sumter in the harbor, the site of the first shots of the Civil War.

Charleston’s barrier islands are numerous and beautiful with their wide beaches. The Isle of Palms is less than 20 minutes from Charleston.  Folly Beach is located about 15 miles south of Charleston and is known as Charleston’s truly original beach playground.

The resorts of Seabrook and Kiawah are visited by golfers and vacationers from around the world. Located just 22 miles south of Charleston, these islands are private and owned by their residents. Travel + Leisure Golf magazine names Kiawah No. 1 Resort in the U.S., while GOLF magazine names The Ocean Course No. 3 in latest “Best Places to Play” ranking.

While you are in town with your family, there are some great places to visit: the South Carolina Aquarium downtown on the harbor http://www.scaquarium.org/ , on the other shore of the harbor in Mt. Pleasant sits the retired World War II battleship, The Yorktown, which can be explored http://patriotspoint.org/ , Drayton Hall plantation house, completed in 1742, has remained in nearly original condition http://www.draytonhall.org/, and Magnolia Gardens, founded in 1676, is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/.

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