Continued: NIH award
The Center for Healthcare Quality is a Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) established in 2006 with state funds from the South Carolina Education Lottery and a private match from Health Sciences South Carolina made possible by The Duke Endowment. Partners in the center include South Carolina’s largest research universities — Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina — and the state’s largest health systems—Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides called the NIH GO Grant award a major victory for South Carolina and leaders who have joined forces to elevate the state’s economic well-being and its public health.
“The South Carolina General Assembly created the CoEE Program in 2002 with the vision of transforming our state’s economy by investing in research that can be commercialized,” Pastides said. “The NIH award of $4.8 million to the Center for Healthcare Quality is a tremendous endorsement of this vision and, frankly, would not have happened had it not been for the statewide collaboration between universities and health systems through the CoEE Program. The investment in the Research Permissions Management System will not only benefit patients and researchers, it will also create new, well-paying jobs for those required to implement and maintain this new information-technology system.”
Each year, the NIH invests more than $28 billion in extramural medical research performed mainly at universities. More than 80 percent are competitive grants. The GO Grants are a special, limited category of awards offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and are specifically for research and research infrastructure projects like the statewide health information technology (HIT) system currently under construction through the HSSC-supported Center for Healthcare Quality.
Sanderson helped assemble a team of experts to assist with the grant-writing process. The team included researchers from MUSC and the University of South Carolina along with consultants from Recombinant Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Duke University.