MUSC Health Awards & Recognition

MUSC Children’s Health Providers Awarded Pilot Grants

Congratulations to Kimberly McHugh, M.D., MSCR and Konrad Rajab, M.D.! These two providers are the recipients of the Department of Pediatrics Pilot Grant Awards. They will each receive $50,000 for their projects. Dr. McHugh’s project is focused on a linked registry to evaluate longitudinal clinical outcomes and resource utilization for single ventricle cardiac disease. Dr. Rajab’s project is on partial heart transplantation and a new operation to deliver growing heart valve replacements.

MUSC Health Pediatric BMT Program Receives Blue Distinction® Center

Congratulations to the MUSC Health Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program on their designation of Blue Distinction® Center from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

MUSC Health Transplant Awarded Designations

MUSC Health received a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in Adult Heart Transplant and the designation of Blue Distinction® Center for Transplant in Adult Kidney Cadaveric, Adult Kidney Living, Pediatric Heart, Pediatric Kidney and Pediatric Liver. Learn more about the designation from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Jezabel R. Blanco, Ph.D. Receives Prestigious Grant Award for Research

Congratulations to Jezabel Rodriguez-Blanco, Ph.D. on her receipt of the Faculty Development Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to promote diversity in neuroscience research. Learn more about this award.

Heather Henderson, M.D. Elected to Board of Pediatric Heart Transplant Society

Please join us in congratulating Heather Henderson, M.D. on her election to Vice Chair of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS) Foundation! This organization has more than 50 institutions participating internationally. She will serve as Vice Chair prior to being promoted to Chair.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Critical Care Unit Awarded the Society of Critical Care Medicine 2021 ICU Design Citation Award

The Pediatric Critical Care Unit at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital was recently awarded the 2021 ICU Design Citation Award. The design citation is awarded to one ICU annually that demonstrates superior design in their unit with a focus on family centered care, efficiency, safety, technology and staff input.

G. Hamilton Baker, M.D. Recognized by Global Organization as Finalist for Inaugural Award

Congratulation to G. Hamilton Baker, M.D. on his selection as a finalist for the Rising Star 2020 Award from AIMed. Finalists were selected based on the criteria of the greatest potential for the future in AI.

Dr. Robert Warren Recognized by American College of Rheumatology with Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Robert W. Warren, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award from the American College of Rheumatology. This is awarded to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship or education.

Hanna Epstein, DNP, CPNP, Recognized with the Courageous Parents Network's 2020 Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award

Hanna Epstein, DNP, CPNP, was recently recognized by the Courageous Parents Network as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award. Hanna is a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Please join us in congratulating Hanna on this well-deserved honor.

MUSC Adult and Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Programs Recognized with Prestigious Award

MUSC Health's Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Programs were recently selected as 2020 recipients of the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding QI Processes and Accomplishments.

Caroline DeLongchamps Awarded “Fresh Voices in the Humanities”

For her commitment and leadership in patient and family centered care, Caroline DeLongchamps, manager of Patient-and Family-Centered Care at MUSC Health, was recently awarded the “Fresh Voices in the Humanities” award from South Carolina Humanities. Learn more about this distinction.

MUSC Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology Awarded Prestigious Education Recognition by American Diabetes Association for 25th Continuous Year

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently recognized the education service of MUSC's Adult and Pediatric Endocrine Programs as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education. MUSC has continuously held this designation since 1995.

R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion receives highest honor at 2020 Designworks Awards

The MUSC Children’s Health R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion recently won the highest award in the Healthcare Category at the IIDA Carolinas Chapter Design Awards, designating this facility the best of all healthcare interiors for North and South Carolina.

Check out the Summey Medical Pavilion feature in the August addition of Healthcare Design Magazine

MUSC Health Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program Among Top 10% 

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) has reported that the MUSC Health Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program is among the top 10% of transplant centers that have exceeded predicted survival rates and one of only six that have achieved such excellence as a combined adult and pediatric program. The CIBMTR releases this ranking annually for center-specific comparisons of expected and observed allogeneic bone marrow transplant survival rates. Allogeneic refers to the use of stem cells from a related or unrelated donor that is an acceptable patient match.

Learn more about this distinction.

Dr. Scott Bradley Named Inaugural Robert M. Sade Endowed Chair-Holder

Scott Bradley, M.D. was recently named the inaugural chair-holder of the Robert M. Sade Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. An endowed chair is the highest academic award that a university can bestow on a faculty member. It is both an honor to the named holder of the appointment, and also an enduring tribute to the donor who establishes it. We congratulate Dr. Bradley on the tremendous honor.

MUSC ranked state’s No. 1 hospital sixth year in a row

Best Hospitals U.S. News & World Report National Ranked in 3 Specialties 2020 - 2021MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston was named by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth year in a row as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina, with three of the MUSC Health, Charleston Division, specialty areas ranking among the best in the entire country: ear, nose and throat; gynecology; and cancer. Six other MUSC Health programs based in Charleston are considered “high performing” in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings: gastroenterology and GI surgery; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; rheumatology and urology. In addition, MUSC Health Florence Medical Center is designated “high performing” in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure, and MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center is designated “high performing” in COPD and heart failure.

Learn more about the rankings.

MUSC Health at Home by BAYADA is Recognized for Client Satisfaction with SHPBest “Premier Performer” Award

The annual SHPBest™ program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high-quality service to their patients. SHP has the largest benchmark for Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) in the nation. SHPBest award recipients are determined by ranking the overall score for all SHP HHCAHPS clients, and recognizes organizations that have made patient and client satisfaction a priority.

MUSC Health at Home by BAYADA received the Premier Performer award from SHP for ranking in the top 5 percent of all SHP clients.

Congratulations to the Children’s Pediatric ECMO Team!

Congratulations to the MUSC Children’s Pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (or ECMO) program for achieving Platinum Designation as an ELSO Center of Excellence! Platinum designation is the highest attainable level within the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Center of Excellence and is awarded to very select programs worldwide who have demonstrated rigorous excellence in the delivery of ECLS. There are fewer than 10 children’s hospitals within the US who have achieved this extraordinary designation, putting us on par with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and a very select few other children's hospitals worldwide. Amazing work, everyone!

MUSC Health Charleston wins AHA GWTG Stroke Award!

This month, MUSC Health Charleston virtually celebrated performance excellence at the American Heart Association (AHA) Southeastern Awards Ceremony. The AHA Get With The Guidelines award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the seven Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Achievement Measures.

Our care team members earned

  • Target Stroke: Elite Honor Roll Gold Plus
  • Target Stroke: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Role Gold Plus

The MUSC Health Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital ranks in four specialties in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals Survey.

Once Again the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals survey ranked four of our pediatric specialties among the best in the nation. Top 50 in the Nation #1 in South Carolina. Best Children's Hospitals U.S. News & World Report Ranked in 4 Specialties 2020-2021

Learn more about the rankings.

MUSC Health Marketing Team Wins Gold & Silver Aster Awards

The Aster Awards, one of the largest and most respected national competitions of its kind, recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts. This year, the MUSC Health Marketing Team won a gold award for the 2019 Year in Review. We also won a silver award for our Changing What's Possible in Chester and Lancaster: Unstoppable commercial. Congratulations!

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Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Great Hospitals in America, 2020

Once again, MUSC Health is being recognized by Becker's Hospital Review for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and employee satisfaction.

2020 ARROW John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship Awarded to Kelli Williams

Kelli Williams, M.D., M.P.H., pediatric allergy & immunology, was recently awarded this honor along with her mentor, Dr. Lisa Forbes Satter at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital. This Fellowship supports female faculty who seek a mentor outside her institution for an expertise or resource not internally available. We congratulate Dr. Williams on this tremendous honor.

MUSC Health Achieves Magnet Recognition®, again reinforcing commitment to nursing excellence

magnet recognizedMUSC Health’s Charleston division has attained Magnet recognition for the second time, demonstrating its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous nursing and patient-care standards. Achieving Magnet status is the highest level of honor awarded by the ANCC and is widely recognized as the worldwide gold standard in nursing excellence. Learn more about Magnet Recognition®

MUSC has been awarded a John A . Hartford Tipping Point Challenge Award for our Palliative Care program

The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge is a national competition established to catalyze the spread of skills, ideas, and solutions that will improve health care delivery and the lives of all people living with a serious illness. The Challenge is sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and The John A. Hartford Foundation. MUSC was the winner in 3 categories:

  • 2019 Course Completions
  • 2019 CAPC Designations
  • Overall CAPC Designations

MUSC has also made the honor roll for the fourth category: Overall Course Completions.

MUSC Health becomes first ALS Certified Treatment Center of Excellence in South Carolina

The ALS Association (ALSA) recently recognized MUSC Health as a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence Program, confirming it meets the highest levels of established national standards of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Read the MUSC Catalyst News story about this award.

MUSC wins Gold eHealthcare Award for Best Healthcare Content

The Health Sciences Communications team, part of the Brand team in the Office of Communications and Marketing, won the Gold eHealthcare Award for Best Healthcare Content for the MUSC Medical Video Center from BroadcastMed. The eHealthcare Leadership Awards Program recognizes the very best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, and suppliers. An independent panel of healthcare and digital communications experts evaluated each entry, with criteria including: design, usability, health content, interactivity and overall impression. For more than 20 years, BroadcastMed has been innovating digital strategies for healthcare organizations. BroadcastMed was first in the world to broadcast live surgeries on the internet using its ORLive solution which provides an intimate look inside the operating room.

Image of an award designation from the American Orthopaedic Association that reads: Own the Bone 2020 Star PerformerMUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received 2020 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone® program.

MUSC Health is one of over 260 health care institutions nationwide that has taken initiative to ensure its osteoporotic fracture patients receive the treatment and care that they deserve by implementing The AOA’s Own the Bone® program.

The program is aimed to better identify, evaluate, and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fracture. The program brings attention to the severe health implications of fragility fractures (broken bones that result from a fall from standing height or less) and the multi-faceted approach hospitals or clinics can incorporate to ensure these patients receive the most comprehensive care.

MUSC Health Earns SCHA's Certified Zero Harm Awards!

MUSC Health Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion recently received a combined 38 Certified Zero Harm Awards (2019) from The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA)! To earn this prestigious award, hospitals must experience no preventable hospital-acquired infections of a specific nature over an extended period of time, and that data must be independently verified by DHEC.

Learn more about the Zero Harm awards.

Badge for Best Hospitals U.S. News and World Report National Ranked in 3 Specialties 2019-2020For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named MUSC Health the top hospital in the state in its 2019-2020 “Best Hospitals” rankings. There are about 90 hospitals in South Carolina.

And three of MUSC Health’s specialty areas rank among the best in the entire country: rheumatology; ear, nose and throat; and cancer. To put that in perspective, the U.S. News & World Report team looks at more than 4,500 hospitals to come up with its national rankings.

Read more about our rankings.

MUSC Health Palliative Care Program Honored with Citation of Honor For Innovative Palliative and End-Of-Life Care

The American Hospital Association awarded the MUSC Health Palliative Care program with a Citation of Honor for expanding the reach of palliative and end-of-life care. Says the American Hospital Association: "The Medical University of South Carolina offers inpatient and outpatient adult palliative care and a comprehensive pediatric program that includes maternal and fetal care, participation in a statewide initiative and work with a national consortium of pediatric programs. The program uses telehealth to reach rural locations. In addition, a medical and legal partnership connects patients with attorneys for assistance with delayed rent, utility payments and documents."

Five MUSC Children’s Hospital programs named as part of annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals”

MUSC Children’s Hospital is once again the only such institution in South Carolina to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” The following programs were ranked:

MUSC on list of 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2019

Becker’s Hospital Review has included MUSC Health on the 2019 edition of its 100 Great Hospitals in America. The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders who have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in health care technology, hospital management, and patient satisfaction.

MUSC Children's Health Trauma Center achieves Level 1 Verification

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The trauma center at MUSC Children’s Health has become the only kids’ trauma center in the state to achieve Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons. That’s the highest possible level. Learn more about our Level 1 verification.


Lancaster Medical Center Recognized with National Award for Excellence in Wound Healing

Healogics Logo reads Healogics The power to heal Robert A. Warriner III, M.D. Center of ExcellenceThe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center of MUSC Health Lancaster Medical is the recipient of the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. The center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.


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MUSC Health Receives Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Cardiac Care

MUSC Health is proud to announce that we have received a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of cardiac care. The Blue Distinction Centers+ recognition is awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies for delivering quality care and better overall outcomes for patients, while also meeting key requirements for cost-efficiency.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA),  cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers designation, hospitals must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care.

“The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program seeks to help patients find quality care and encourages health professionals to improve the overall delivery of care nationwide,” said Jennifer Atkins, vice president, Network Solutions for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care puts your heart’s health first, by designating hospitals that have demonstrated better outcomes and fewer complications.”

Learn more about the MUSC Health Heart & Vascular Center.

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Becker's Healthcare named MUSC Health to the 2018 edition of the "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs."

The hospitals named on this list are national leaders in cardiovascular healthcare and have invested in their cardiology and cardiovascular surgery programs. Many institutions pioneered groundbreaking procedures and remain on the forefront of heart care today. Others are high-volume centers that have exceeded national benchmarks for quality and survivorship. All have received recognition for delivering top-notch patient care, and many are also involved in clinical research and trials.

To develop this list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined several reputable rankings and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report rankings for cardiology and heart surgery, IBM Watson Health's cardiovascular hospital rankings, CareChex rankings for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons star rankings.

With locations throughout the Charleston region, the MUSC Health Heart and Vascular Center has a team of about 50 specialists. As of September 2017, the center employed seven of the nine heart failure-certified cardiologists in South Carolina. In May 2018, MUSC Health became the first hospital in the state and the second in the U.S. to use a new heart-mapping technology to gain insight into heart rhythm problems.

MUSC Hospital Ranks in Five Categories in U.S. News & World Report

MUSC Health has been ranked as a "best hospital" for five of our programs in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. The following programs were ranked:


MUSC Recognized as a Re-Designated Baby-Friendly Birth Facility

MUSC has received international recognition as a Re-Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), this global initiative boasts challenging criteria, designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mothers and their babies. The Baby-Friendly re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey. We are so proud of our care team’s hard work and dedication to providing outstanding care in the maternity setting.


MUSC Children's Health Recipient of 3-Star Rating

We are once again a recipient of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-star rating for Congenital Heart Surgery Public Reporting. This denotes the highest category of quality and was awarded to only 12 out of 119 institutions nationally. We are so proud of this accomplishment and congratulate our dedicated team members on this recognition.


Six MUSC Children’s Hospital programs named as part of annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals”

MUSC Children’s Hospital is once again the only such institution in South Carolina to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” The following programs were ranked:

MUSC on list of 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2018

Becker’s Hospital Review has included MUSC Health on the 2018 edition of its 100 Great Hospitals in America. The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders who have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in health care technology, hospital management, and patient satisfaction.


Forbes Names MUSC a Best Employer

Forbes has named MUSC Health as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2018. MUSC Health ranked #141 out of the list of 500 companies and organizations. In addition, MUSC Health ranked #19 out of the 25 organizations listed in the Healthcare and Social category (see below). This is further validation of the great things happening every day across MUSC and MUSC Health!

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Forbes 2018 List of America’s Best Employers in the Healthcare & Social category

6. Penn Medicine
14. Mayo Clinic
27. MD Anderson Cancer Center
35. University of Utah Health Care
46. OSF HealthCare
47. New Hanover Regional Medical Center
48. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
49. UCSF Medical Center
50. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
61. New York Presbyterian Hospital
64. Honor Health
85. Legacy Health
91. University of Maryland Medical Center
93. Parkview Health
95. Norton Healthcare
113. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
122. Texas Health Resources
131. Cincinnati Children’s
141. MUSC Health
146. UC Davis Health System
163. University of Michigan Health System
168. Northwestern Medicine
172. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
177. Sentara HealthCare
181. Tampa General Hospital


MUSC Health Named Top "100 Great Hospitals in America"

All of the MUSC Primary Care practices that applied for NCQQ Patient-Centered Care Medical Home recognition received Level 3 recognition, which is the highest level! This means MUSC Health is providing better medical outcomes, fewer serious episodes, less hospitalization, and better quality of life. This is a great accomplishment. Learn more about Patient-Centered Medical Home.


MUSC Women’s Health Receives Blue Distinction® Center Designation

We are proud to announce that MUSC Women’s Health has received a Blue Distinction® Center designation in the area of maternity care for delivering quality care and better overall outcomes for patients, while also meeting key requirements for cost efficiency. Blue Cross Blue Shield companies recognize select doctors, hospitals, and other health care facilities as Blue Distinction® for the safe, effective care they provide to their patients. Each must meet a specific set of rigorous standards to receive the Blue Distinction designation.


MUSC Named on Forbes List of America’s Best Employers for Diversity

Best Employer DiversityBusiness publication powerhouse, Forbes, has named MUSC to a ranking for the second time in a year. This time it was for being one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. MUSC is ranked #53 out of 250 organizations on the list. In addition, MUSC ranked #6 among the 20 institutions listed in the education category. We are in the company of giants such as Google, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Smithsonian Institute, Harvard University, Procter & Gamble, and many others. MUSC is making tangible progress toward meaningful culture change and becoming a national model for diversity and inclusion. Forbes had previously ranked MUSC #74 on its list of America’s Best Midsize Employers.