MUSC Pet Therapy Study Press Release 9.11.2019

MUSC’S own Pet Therapy program lead by Cathy Bennett the Pet Therapy Program Coordinator, Ambulatory Administrative Fellow Elizabeth Baer,  Recreational Therapist Holly-Ann Boyle and 2 North Youth Inpatient Unit have teamed up in a study to the impact on the therapeutic environment for patients when routine pet therapy programming is introduced to the patients in a 4 month study.  Regular pet therapy visits were introduced with the purpose of facilitating a healing environment, reducing stress, and improving the patient experience and the results from the study appear promising. 

Outcomes of Study Suggest:

  • Reduction of the number of  patient aggressive outbursts requiring therapeutic intervention utilizing  seclusion restraint methods.
  • Improvement of staff perception of therapeutic environment surrounding culture of safety.
  • Improvement of patient experience.

Read more here


Veteran Hope Fund 06.28.2019

An exciting event is coming to Charleston, South Carolina, and we would like your support to make this a success. Come enjoy some of Charleston's favorite food trucks, bounce houses, local vendors and live music for the entire family while supporting our veterans.

The Tri-County Veterans Support Network is a network of many agencies committed to implementing a planned, coordinated community response to the varied needs of our veterans to include emergency relief, housing, employment, education, spiritual support and others as well as identifying and resolving gaps in services and resources to support our local veterans and families in crisis.

Money raised will go to support veterans in need of emergency relief and mental health care. 

MUSC Valentine's Day 2.8.2019

I love you a “waffle lot” said one Belgian breakfast staple to his warm and toasty Valentine, as they held hands and stared into each other’s eyes. That’s just one of the choices of cute and punny Valentine’s Day cards you can send to a patient in an MUSC hospital. And you don’t have to run to Target to buy it.

Everyone loves to receive Valentine’s Day cards, especially those in the hospital who are not around friends or loved ones on the special day. Staff members at the Institute of Psychiatry designed a page of Valentine’s Day cards that employees can very simply send to patients in one the four hospitals – all while sitting at their desks. The staff will then deliver the cards to patients on Valentine’s Day.

“It will mean the world to all of the patients who may not be able to exchange valentines,” said Jessica Carter, communications and operations manager for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She came up with the idea, knowing it would make many of our patients’ days brighter.

Although you can’t designate where or to whom the cards go, rest assured a grateful patient will receive a heartfelt message that someone cares.

If you want to send a card – or cards – visit CECAR's Valentine's Day page, fill out your name and email address and select one of the nine available cards. Only your first name will be included on the card.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at