MUSC and Tribe513 form collaboration to expand access and patient care coordination in the Upstate

July 30, 2020

MUSC Health and Tribe513 have announced an agreement to pursue a collaboration in the Upstate of South Carolina. The two-part goal of the relationship is to expand access and patient care coordination in the region, and, concurrently, to develop new and enhance existing training and education programs for medical providers and students. The organizations signed a letter of intent in March and have been working toward finalizing the agreement.

“As the state’s only comprehensive academic health sciences center, MUSC is charged with serving the health care needs of the entire state,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., CEO of MUSC Health and vice president for Health Affairs, University.

Founded in 2006, Tribe513 is an independent medical practice serving the Upstate through its more than 350 team members, 12 practice locations and five divisions – Parkside Pediatrics, Brio Internal Medicine, Brio Aesthetics, Parkside OB-GYN and the Breastfeeding Center of Greenville. Tribe513 will remain a privately owned practice and continue to provide the unique faith-based, people-centered approach that it is widely recognized for offering to patients in the region. Additionally, existing relationships will continue between Tribe513 and the high-quality hospitals and health care facilities they currently utilize for patient resources.

“What brought Tribe513 and MUSC together is a genuine openness to new ideas and collaborative ways to innovate health care in the Upstate,” said Tribe513 CEO David Martin. “Together, we can have a greater impact than either of us could have on our own.

For more than two decades, MUSC has worked closely with education and affiliate partners in the Upstate.

“Now more than ever, in the midst of this global pandemic, MUSC must be forward thinking and acting,” said MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS. “Aligning with Tribe513 presents opportunities to expand residency training positions and keep more medical school graduates in South Carolina, which in the long term will broaden access to specialists for Upstate patients.”


About Tribe513

In 2006, three physicians decided to start an independent pediatric group, Parkside Pediatrics, which soon became the standard for pediatric care around the Upstate. In 2015, they opened the first comprehensive lactation support facility for new mothers in the Upstate, the Breastfeeding Center of Greenville (BFC). The success of Parkside and BFC laid the groundwork for partnering with a successful independent internal medicine practice, BRIO Internal Medicine, later that same year. These practices share the same faith-based and team-centric approach to business.

With strong growth and community support, the partners united under a collective corporate banner now known as Tribe513. The newest member of the Tribe513 family is Parkside OB-GYN, which serves expectant mothers and ongoing women’s health.

Tribe513 currently employs 60 providers and more than 350 team members in 12 locations across the Upstate. The areas of service include pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health, nutrition, aesthetics, breastfeeding education and support, and clinical research. The Tribe513 foundation of success is based on dedicated leadership and team members, intentional growth and collaboration, and never losing faith in God and the focus on loving and serving others. Learn more about Tribe513, our practices, and how we serve others at