MUSC named best hospital in state, receives national marks

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of the best hospitals in the country, and the Medical University of South Carolina received high marks.

MUSC is nationally ranked in the top 50 for four adult and two pediatric specialties. The hospital also ranked first in South Carolina and for the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area.

"We are pleased to again be ranked as the leader in specialty care in South Carolina, and as one of the premier treatment centers in the country," said Ray Greenber, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president. "This is a great tribute to the outstanding physicians and other caregivers who serve the health needs of so many patients."

Nearly 5,000 hospitals were evaluated in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and only 148 facilities were ranked in one of the 16 analyzed specialties.

In adult specialties, MUSC ranked #30 in Ear, Nose & Throat, #47 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, #44 in Nephrology, and #49 in Gastroenterology. This marks the 16th straight year Gastroenterology has been recognized in the rankings.

The hospital also ranked #15 in Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery and #49 in Pediatrics: Gastroenterology.

On top of holding six top 50 spots in the national ranking, the hospital also was listed as "High-Performing" in nine other specialties including Cancer, Geriatrics and Gynecology.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated hospitals based on hard data including reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

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