MUSC Children's Hospital ranked among nation's top 50

MUSC Children's Hospital ranked among nation's top 50

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - MUSC Children's Hospital continues its streak as ranking in the top 50 hospitals for children's heart programs in U.S. News Media Group's 2013-2014 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals, along with a first-time top 50 ranking for the pediatric nephrology program and a second year showing for the pediatric gastroenterology program.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed here and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in August.

"The children of South Carolina are extremely fortunate to have the level of quality for these programs available so close to home. The excellence in these areas also attracts pediatric medical and surgical specialists in other areas as well," said Rita Ryan, M.D., Department of Pediatrics chair. "It's what separates us from every other pediatric hospital or program in the state."

Of the 10 specialties ranked by USNWR, MUSC Children's Hospital now has three specialties recognized with the inaugural showing of the nephrology program.

"The physicians and staff at the Children's Hospital are dedicated to providing the very best possible care to the children of this community and the state," said John Sanders, Children's Hospital administrator. "We are very excited to see three of our services recognized and we expect that even more will be ranked next year. Over the years we have been fortunate to be recognized by several organizations in regards to our outcomes and quality initiatives. We will continue to work to improve the care that we provide, because the children deserve the best."

The 2013-2014 America's Best Children's Hospitals, the most extensive listing of its kind, includes 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

"MUSC Children's Hospital deserves high praise," said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that MUSC brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one."

For families of sick children, Best Children's Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals' performance over the opinions of physicians.

Each hospital's reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital's score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Patrick Cawley, M.D., Executive Director and Vice President for Clinical Operations This recognition based upon rigorous standards is clear evidence of the dedication to quality and patient safety in the Children's Hospital. They are a focused high-performance interdisciplinary team!"

The full rankings and methodology are available here.