Duke Endowment Grant to Fund Treatment Initiatives at GGC

March 13, 2014 - The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), which comprises the Department of Medical Genetics at Self Regional Healthcare, has been awarded a 3-year grant totalling $2.75 million from The Duke Endowment to fund an expansion of the Center's treatment initiatives.

With their focus on treating genetic disorders, GGC will use the funding from The Endowment to strengthen the infrastructure for the Center's Treatment Program. The grant will complement the $5.6 million gift from Self Regional Healthcare announced last month, as the Center moves forward with the research and treatment collaborative with the hospital and Clemson University.

Currently GGC serves over 200 patients statewide who are on therapies for metabolic genetic diagnoses. This additional funding will allow the Center to expand clinical services for patients with metabolic disorders. Additional equipment will be available to improve the testing capacity for the diagnosis and monitoring of these individuals. The grant will also provide support for additional personnel to expand the Center's capabilities to offer more clinical trials for a variety of genetic disorders.

"We are appreciative to The Duke Endowment for their continued support of our treatment initiatives," said Steve Skinner, MD, GGC Director. "Our patients will benefit from this gift by having access to more clinical trials, improved diagnostics and more clinicians dedicated to treatment than ever before."

About The Duke Endowment
The Duke Endowment, located in Charlotte, N.C., Seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children's services. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded $2.8 billion in grants.

About Self Regional Healthcare Foundation
The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation is a 501c3 that supports Self Regional Healthcare, a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Self Regional Healthcare serves the region with a number of services including prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics.

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