Two Donors Cover Monthly Health Insurance Premiums for MUSC Employees Temporarily Laid Off

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Donations from two generous benefactors will help cover monthly health insurance premiums for the approximately 900 MUSC Health care team members who were temporarily laid off in response to coronavirus-related revenue shortfalls. 

MUSC Health is currently notifying affected employees that their insurance premiums will be paid through June 30. MUSC Health had already committed to continue paying the employer health insurance contribution during this period. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these two amazing people and for what they have tangibly done to make a difference in the lives of these families,” said MUSC Health CEO Patrick J. Cawley, M.D. “Thanks to these gifts, our care team members can find some comfort in knowing that their health care is one less thing they have to worry about right now.”

Both donors were inspired to help health care workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, said MUSC’s vice president for Institutional Advancement Kate Azizi, who worked with the donors to help facilitate the gifts. Azizi placed the value of the two gifts at $384,000.

The needs of our health care teams will continue to evolve as the institution moves toward the pandemic’s peak in South Carolina. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, an unrestricted fund established by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation, allows the institution to respond quickly to various types of urgent needs, which currently include:

Additional remote screening sites.  

Surgical masks, gowns and other medical supplies.  

Funds to help our health care providers with unforeseen expenses.  

Research funding to support the search for new treatments and enhanced testing capabilities. 

Donations can be made online at or by phone at 843-792-2678. Thank you for changing what’s possible during this unprecedented health crisis.