Memorial Health University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC), a 612-bed tertiary medical center. MHUMC is the region’s only teaching and research hospital, the only Level 1 trauma center, and the home of the only dedicated children’s hospital. MHUMC was recently named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates for providing an “outstanding patient experience.” It has also been named one of America’s Most Wired hospitals four years in a row by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.
At Memorial Health University Medical Center, our mission is simple:above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. In pursuit of our mission, we believe the following value statements are essential and timeless: We recognize and affirm the unique and intrinsic worth of each individual. To learn more about our world-class facilities, please visit us at www.memorialhealth.com.
There are currently more than 300 studies open at MUMC. We participate in more than 50 pharmaceutical- or industry-sponsored studies. Nearly 30 of our studies are comprised of original research being done by attending and resident physicians.
The Department of Clinical Trials has been managing clinical drug and device trials in phases II through IV, and investigator-initiated research for 25+ years. We have experience in the following areas:
- Breast Cancer
- Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
- Colorectal Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancers
- Infectious Diseases
- Lung Cancer
- Pediatric Neurology
- Prostate Cancer
- Sleep Disorders
- Cancer Symptom Management
- Upper GI
- Trauma/Emergency Medicine
We have worked with multiple sponsors, including Abbott Laboratories, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., Amgen, Aventis, Boerhinger-Ingelheim, Boerhinger-Mannheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Eli-Lilly & Company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoechst Group, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Merk & Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation, Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research, Pharmacia and Upjohn, Pfizer, Roche, R. W. Johnson, Respironics, Inc., Rhone-Poulenc-Rorer, Schering Plough Corporation, Searle, Shire Pharmaceuticals, SmithKline Beecham, Somnus, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, TAP Holdings, Upjohn, Viropharma, Wyeth Nutritionals, Wyeth-Ayerst, and Zeneca.
Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, is southeast Georgia’s only teaching and research hospital. Located about 30 minutes from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and just minutes from Interstate highways I-95 and I-16. The 612-bed hospital is the regional referral center for approximately 450,000 people in southeast Georgia and South Carolina. The center offers the full range of tertiary services with the exception of a burn unit and a transplant service. Some of the referral services include a Level 1 Trauma Center, open-heart surgery, high-risk obstetrics, neonatology, pediatric intensive care, pediatric cardiology, pediatric hematology/oncology, adolescent medicine, radiation oncology, sports medicine, rehabilitation services, and diagnostic radiology services.
Memorial Health University Medical Center also has a surgical training lab and is well-equipped to conduct clinical trials. The lab maintains a refrigerated centrifuge and a minus 70-degree C freezer for processing and storing pharmacokinetic samples.
Memorial Health has more than 50 physicians in various specialties participating in research. All of our principal investigators are board certified in their specialties, which include:
- Critical Care Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Family Practice
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Pediatric Neurology
- Pediatric Oncology
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Trauma Surgery
Many of our principal investigators have 10 plus years of experience in clinical trials.
The Department of Clinical Trials at Memorial Health University Medical Center is staffed by a research manager, biostatistician, a regulatory document specialist, data manager, an investigational pharmacist, and six clinical research nurses or coordinators, many of whom are certified clinical research coordinators (CCRC) or certified oncology nurses (OCN).
The Dept. of Clinical Trials partners with many other hospital departments to ensure the smooth coordination of clinical trials throughout the system. Nurses and technologists in the intensive care units, cardiac catheterization lab, radiology, tumor clinic, neonatal nursery, and other hospital units work closely with the research staff, and their unique knowledge and expertise contribute to our ability to efficiently coordinate trials in a diverse array of specialties.
MHUMC draws on populations from 35 counties in two states. The patient population spans all ages and socio-economic groups. The local region is highly diverse, making Memorial Health a great source for study samples investigating disparity issues. Due to the mild climate, there is a large population of retirees. There are two military installations and four colleges/universities in the area, so there are many young individuals and families. Our geographic location also sees higher than average prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers.
Investigators and sponsors interested in conducting research at MHUMC’s have the option of using our local Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), or utilizing a central IRB of their choosing..
To learn more about MHUMC, please visit our Web site at www.memorialhealth.com. You can reach the Memorial Health Department of Clinical Trials at 912.350.8707
- Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
- Infections and Infectious Diseases
- Internal Medicine In Vitro Fertilization
- Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
- Otolaryngology (Ear Nose Throat)
- Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
- Trauma (Emergency Injury Surgery) Ulcerative Colitis