Research Center Profile:
Memorial University Medical Center
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Memorial 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 University Medical Center (MUMC), a 530-bed tertiary medical center. MUMC is the region’s only teaching and research hospital, the only Level One trauma center, and the home of the only designated children’s hospital. MUMC 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
At Memorial University Medical Center, our mission is simple: we help people feel better. Our vision is to be the healthcare partner of choice,
empowering people to achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual
well-being. To learn more about our world-class facilities, please
visit us at www.memorialhealth.com.
There are currently more than 300 studies are 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 physicians and resident
The Memorial Health Research Center has been managing clinical
drug and device trials in phases II through IV, and
investigator-initiated research for 15 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
- 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 University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia,
is southeast Georgia's only teaching and research hospital.
Located about 30 minutes from an international airport, and just
minutes from Interstate highways I-95 and I-16, the 530-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, diagnostic
Memorial 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 PK 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
- Critical Care Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Family Practice
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Pediatric Neurology
- Pediatric Oncology
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Trauma Surgery
Many of our principal investigators have 10 to 15 years of
experience in clinical trials.
The Department of Clinical Trials at Memorial University Medical Center is staffed by a director, a document specialist, six clinical research coordinators (4 RNs and 2BS prepared clinicians), department coordinator, and a doctorate-level pharmacist. Three clinical research coordinators (CRC) are certified, and one is an oncology nurse certified (ONC). The CRCs have a combined total of 25 years in research and 85 years in nursing.
Nurses in the intensive care units, cardiac catheterization lab, tumor clinic, neonatal nursery, and other hospital units work closely with the research staff on studies in their areas. Their expertise allow trials to be conducted.
MUMC draws on populations from 35 counties in two
states. The patient population spans all ages and socio-economic
groups. 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 also many young
people and families. Savannah is in the nation’s hypertension belt
and stroke belt. We also see much diabetes, obesity, and
psychiatric illness in this region.
MUMC’s clinical trials are monitored by two
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). We have both a general board
and an oncology board to look at all studies and to protect the
safety and welfare of the subjects involved.
To learn more about MUMC, please visit our Web site
at www.memorialhealth.com. You can reach the
Memorial Health Research Center at (912) 350-8707.