The Children's Heart Program of South Carolina is a statewide consortium of pediatric cardiologists, who care
for >95 % of the 4.7 million residents in the state. This consortium has all the critical elements for a center to
be a successful collaborator in the Pediatric Heart Network (PHN): adequate patient volume, established
clinical research infrastructure, a track record of outstanding subject enrollment, and a dedication to hypothesis
driven research. These elements have allowed MUSC to be a highly successful and administratively active
participant in the PHN and one of only 5 core centers to be continuously funded since its inception in 2001.
Furthermore, MUSC faculty have participated as Pl's in a wide variety of non-PHN multicenter studies, often
acting as the lead investigator. MUSC faculty also currently direct numerous local clinical research protocols.
The combined resources of patient volume, research infrastructure and dedication have enabled MUSC to be
among the top subject enrollers in the PHN.