Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ian Preparations, Cancellations, Offering Virtual Care | MUSK

MUSC Health provides free virtual emergency care to everyone in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC (September 29, 2022) – The MUSC Health Charleston hospital division will transition into emergency operations at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, September 29, and will operate under shelter-in-place status until further notice.

Visits are limited to one visitor per patient for adult patients and two visitors for pediatric patients beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. This is for the safety of our patients and families, as travel conditions may deteriorate as the storm approaches. All outpatient clinics (including university-run dental clinics) are closed on Fridays.

MUSC Health now offers an online virtual urgent care service at no cost when people register with an email address. Go to and click on “Get Care Now”, then on “Create Account”. Use promotional code: MUSCIAN. Common conditions that can be treated include: allergy/hay fever, pink eye, sinus infection, rash, sore throat, urinary tract infection, flu and 40 additional conditions. Those with questions can email [email protected] or call MUSC Health’s Virtual Urgent Care Support at 843-474-1920.

All non-emergency, non-essential/non-designated University activities have been canceled until noon, Saturday, October 1. Distance learning at the six colleges can take place at the discretion of the college and/or program, as well as remote work for eligible academic staff and faculty.

For specific information about MUSC Health Florence or Marion Medical Centers, please contact Kim Geiger at [email protected]

For more information about MUSC Health Chester or Lancaster Medical Centers, please contact Ashley Shannon at [email protected]

For more information about MUSC Health Columbia Medical Centers Downtown or Northeast and MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging, please contact Karlin Ferguson at [email protected]

For more information about MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center, please contact Karlin Ferguson at [email protected]


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the only comprehensive academic healthcare system in the state, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students across six colleges—dentistry, graduate, health professions, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy—and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its healthcare system. MUSC provided more than $327.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021, leading the state in overall research funding. MUSC also leads the state in funding federal and state institutes of health, with more than $220 million. For more information on academic programs, visit

As a health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of health care providers. health and exceptional leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital sites in development, more than 350 telehealth sites and connectivity to patient homes, and nearly 750 care sites located in all regions of Carolina from South. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the #1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $5.1 billion. The approximately 25,000 members of the MUSC team include professors, doctors, specialist providers, scientists, students, affiliates and world-class care team members who provide education, research and state-of-the-art patient care.

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