US News & World Report publishes annual national ranking
CHARLESTON, SC (July 26, 2022) – MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston was named the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina by US News & World Report for the eighth year in a row, with two of MUSC Health’s specialties ranked among the best in the nation: ear , nose and throat (#15) and obstetrics and gynecology (#16).
Twenty additional MUSC Health programs are considered “high-performing” specialties, procedures, or conditions in the 2022-2023 US News & World Report rankings, represented in the following MUSC Health system divisions:
MUSC Health-Charleston Division (University Medical Center): cancer, gastroenterology & GI surgery, rheumatology, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke and uterine cancer surgery.
MUSC Health-Florence Division (Florence Medical Center): chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, stroke.
MUSC Health-Lancaster Division (Lancaster Medical Center): chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
MUSC Health-Midlands Division (Columbia Medical Center Downtown): chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack, heart failure, hip replacement and kidney failure.
“These rankings indicate to all South Carolinians that MUSC Health, as the only public hospital system statewide, continues to work very hard to remain one of the best health care providers in the country,” said Patrick J. Cawley, MD, CEO of MUSC Health and MUSC executive vice president for Health Affairs, University. “Across the board, it has been a time of challenge and incredible opportunity for all of our healthcare teams, and their commitment to ensuring our patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time has not wavered. The entire MUSC family is honored to know and work with such compassionate, innovative and collaborative individuals.”
US News & World Report revealed its 33rd edition of the Best Hospitals ranking at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings. Designed to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel at treating the most difficult cases, Best Hospitals 2022-23 includes consumer-friendly data and information on more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Across the 15 specialties, 164 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In state and metro area rankings, US News & World Report recognized hospitals as performing well in multiple areas of care.
The US News & World Report Best Hospitals methodology evaluated each hospital’s performance using a variety of measures, such as survival rates, complications, patient experience, and level of nursing care. The Best Hospitals methodology takes into account data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, professional organizations, and medical specialists. For the first time this year, US News rated hospitals eligible for ovarian cancer surgery, prostate cancer surgery, and uterine cancer surgery.
“The top-ranked hospitals have extensive medical expertise and a history of delivering great outcomes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and editor-in-chief at US News. “When patients and their medical professionals consider their care options, the rankings are designed to help them identify hospitals that are superior in the kind of care they may need.”
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research, and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges — Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy — and educates more than 850 residents and fellows in the health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funding in fiscal 2021, putting the state at the forefront of research funding overall. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with over $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.
As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is committed to providing the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding caregivers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided in 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital sites under development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients at home; and nearly 750 healthcare locations in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the #1 hospital in South Carolina. For more information about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.
MUSC and its affiliates have combined annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. MUSC’s nearly 25,000 team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates, and healthcare team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.