Businessman donates $25 million to help build new Charleston hospital


Businessman Shawn Jenkins donated $25 million to help build the MUSC Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion in downtown Charleston.   Contributed photo

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)  said on Thursday that Shawn Jenkins, a Charleston businessman, donated $25 million to help build the new MUSC Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion in downtown Charleston.

The donation is the largest philanthropic contribution in MUSC's history.

“We have a bold new vision for children’s health,” MUSC President David Cole said. “This wonderful new partnership with Mr. Jenkins and his family will enable this vision to become a reality for our children. We still have work to do, but with the generous support of donors like Mr. Jenkins, this facility will become a landmark for world-class children’s health care and will impact every family in our state. We are tremendously grateful and excited.”

At Thursday's MUSC Board of Trustees meeting, when the donation was announced, the board voted to name the new facility the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

“The children who come here are at the most vulnerable point in their lives in terms of health and finances,” Jenkins said. “They need someone to stand in the gap with them. My family is fortunate to be able to do that, and we look forward to working together with the community to bring the best health care possible to the children of South Carolina and our neighboring states.”

MUSC anticipates breaking ground in 2016 and opening the hospital's doors in 2019 on the corner of Calhoun Street and Courtenay Drive.

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