Thursday saw the MUSC Family celebrate the naming of the new children's hospital in honor of Mr. Shawn Jenkins, founder and CEO of Benefitfocus, a Charleston-based human-resources software firm.
- MUSC Vice-President for Development and Alumni Affairs Jim Fisher began the ceremony by shedding his jacket, getting laughs from the standing-room-only crowd. On his back were stickers, thanking Jenkins family members.
- Beth Rucker thanked the Jenkins family for its generosity, saying the family is building a legacy. “You just made Darius’ and my job much easier, “ she said. She and her husband, country music star Darius Rucker, are honorary chairs for fundraising for the new children’s hospital.
- The crowd got to see the famous “Biemann smile,” as Biemann Othersen, M.D., professor emeritus of pediatric surgery, took the stage. He talked about how MUSC’s history led to this critical moment in children’s health. Otherson has a personal connection to the Jenkins family: He was one of the doctors who treated Jenkins’ daughter Olivia for a heart problem at MUSC.
- MUSC President David Cole, M.D., said there’s still a lot of work to do in the fundraising campaign for the new children’s hospital, but it’s important to stop and appreciate the amazing generosity of the Jenkins family. “You have to treasure the moments when they happen, and this is definitely a moment,” Cole said.
- Shawn Jenkins said his family prayed about making the donation, then decided to do it. “We’re celebrating our community standing in the gap for these children and families in need," the Charleston businessman said.
Read more about this historic donation at MUSC's News Center.
UPDATE: Read the Post & Courier Op-Ed from Jim Fisher; Why Shawn Jenkins' gift helps us all.