Shawn Valenta is the Administrator of Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health) in Charleston, South Carolina. With over 17 years of clinical and health care leadership experience, Shawn has a demonstrated record in successfully achieving results with a focus on quality improvement and cost-efficiency. While working in various leadership roles with MUSC’s respiratory care department, Shawn helped the department improve from a historical labor ranking above the 40th percentile to averaging in the top 9th percentile. Simultaneously, he led an ICU quality initiative that reduced MUSC’s patients’ average length of time on a ventilator by 10.6% and reduced ventilator days/1,000 inpatient days by 13.2%. These outcomes led to MUSC’s respiratory care department being one of three in the country in 2013 to be recognized by the University Health Consortium (UHC) for significant cost reduction and quality improvement.
Currently, Shawn oversees the strategic initiatives and operations of the MUSC Center for Telehealth, a HRSA-designated National Telehealth Center of Excellence. In this position, he has managed the operations of telehealth services that range from the ICU to the home, including a 27-hospital telestroke network and one of the fastest growing school-based telehealth networks in the country. Shawn has developed and managed the budget for the $100.4 million of state-invested telehealth funds for South Carolina and has successfully executed contracts for over 200 South Carolina sites receiving telehealth services. Shawn has also worked collaboratively in statewide strategic planning and furthering the health of South Carolinians with telehealth technology through the formation of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Recently, Shawn became an Editorial Board Member for Telehealth and Medicine Today Journal.