MUSC Health Awards & Recognition

The Committee on Drugs Chairperson Appointment: John "Routt" Reigart, M.D., FAAP

The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics voted to appoint John "Routt" Reigart, MD, FAAP, as Chairperson of the Committee on Drugs (COD), effective July 1, 2022. The committee reviews all aspects of pediatric pharmacology. Dr. Reigart has worked in pediatric toxicology and pharmacology since joining the MUSC faculty in 1972. Until recently, he was the President of the SC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is an incredible honor and recognition on a national scale. Congratulations!

MUSC Children's Health Verified as Level 1 Children's Surgery Center

The logo for American College of Surgeons (ACS) Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program.

Congratulations to MUSC Children's Health on being verified as a Level 1 Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program. This verification represents perioperative spaces at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and MUSC Children's Health R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion. MUSC Children's Health joins 40 other children's hospitals nationally and three facilities in the southeast with this distinction.

Learn more about this verification from ACS.

MUSC Health Immunology Center Designated as a Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic & Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies

The MUSC Health center joins the Jeffrey Modell Foundation network of over 400 programs at academic medical institutions in 87 countries with 42 located at major children's hospitals across the United States. The Foundation's goal is to facilitate early, precise diagnosis of primary immune deficiency disorders (PIDDs) in children and adults and their appropriate, meaningful treatment.

MUSC Children's Health's Kelli Williams, M.D., MPH, will serve as Center Director for the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic & Research Center at MUSC Health.

Learn more about this designation.

MUSC Pediatric Heart Center Recognized for "Exceptional Care"

The MUSC Pediatric Heart Program was recognized as providing exceptional care by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Public Reporting. This designation comes from a 4-year analytic time window comparing mortality rates, high-risk operations and length of stay.

Since public reporting began in the spring of 2015, MUSC's Pediatric Heart Program has consistently been recognized for exceptional care with better than expected outcomes, joining between six-twelve other programs out of more than 120 nationwide.

Review data and learn more via the public reporting site.

MUSC Children's Health Provider Receives Award for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Mileka Gilbert, M.D., was awarded the 2022 MLK Humanitarian Award by the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium (BHIC) for significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The MLK Humanitarian Award honors a community member who embodies the ideals of racial equity, inclusivity and social justice espoused by Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn more about the award and BHIC.

MUSC Children's Health Fellow Honored with Award and Research Funding

Mohammad Al-mousily, M.D. featured in a graphic for The Children's Heart Foundation with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatric cardiology fellow Mohammad Al-mousily, M.D., was selected as the winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2021 Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Award for his research on the use artificial intelligence with ECGs to quickly identify children with structural heart disease.

Learn more about this award.

American Orthopaedic Association 2022 Own The Bone Star PerformerMUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received 2022 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone® program.

MUSC Health is one of over 275 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 American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone® program.

Learn more about this distinction.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Honors

Decorative ImageMUSC Health has been recognized again by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This certification identifies that MUSC Health has the capabilities to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.

As the first hospital in South Carolina to receive this recognition in 2016, MUSC Health again underwent a rigorous onsite review to earn the Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. The Joint Commission experts assessed MUSC Health’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to provide the most advanced level of stroke care achievable.

Remember, BE FAST if you suspect a stroke.

B - Balance (Is the person suddenly having trouble with balance or coordination?)
E - Eyes (Is the person experiencing suddenly blurred or double vision or a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes?)
F - Face Drooping (Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.)
A- Arm Weakness (Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)
S - Speech Difficulty (Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?)
T - Time to call 911 (If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.)

To learn more, visit

US News & World Report Best Hospitals three specialties 2021-22

MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston was named by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh year in a row as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina, with three of MUSC Health’s specialty areas ranking among the best in the entire country: ear, nose and throat; gynecology and cancer. 

Learn more about the rankings.

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MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital achieves national rankings in annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals

MUSC SJCH only children’s hospital in South Carolina to be ranked

New rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s (USNWR) 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals survey place the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital once again as the only children’s hospital in South Carolina to be ranked. The latest rankings are published online and come as the health care community continues to manage the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and vaccine efforts.

Annie Andrews, MD Selected to Become Riley Fellow

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Advocacy, Annie Andrews, MD on being selected as a Riley Fellow.

As a fellow, Dr. Andrews will join other distinguished leaders from across South Carolina who are committed to creating social and economic progress to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), an award-winning program of Furman University's Riley Institute.

Dr. Andrews is one of 42 individuals to be selected from a rigorous application and interview process to join the 15th Lowcountry cohort.

MUSC Children’s Health Provider Recognized by South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Janice Key, director of MUSC’s Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness has received the 2021 Career Achievement Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (SCAAP). This award is given to a South Carolina pediatrician or child health care provider whose career has spanned at least 25 years. In addition, they must have made significant contributions to the advancement of child health in at least two of the following three areas: 1) clinical practice or academic medicine; 2) child advocacy; 3) leadership in organized medicine at the local, state, or regional/national level. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Key!

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital & Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion Achieves LEED Certification

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion were awarded the LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Learn more about LEED Certification.

MUSC Chief of Burn Surgery Named ABA Program Chair-Elect

Steven Kahn, M.D., MUSC’s Chief of Burn Surgery, has been named The American Burn Association Program Chair-Elect for 2022. As Program Chair-Elect, Dr. Kahn will Lead the Committee that develops the educational content for the ABA Annual Meeting. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kahn!

Mom's Choice Winners!

We are thrilled to share that MUSC has received recognition in Lowcountry Parent Mom’s Choice competition for the Health & Wellness category. Congratulations to our amazing teams recognized below!

Hospital - Medical University of South Carolina
Children’s Physical Therapy - MUSC Children’s Physical Therapy

Runner Up
Children’s Behavioral Therapy - MUSC Behavioral Health 
Optometrist - Storm Eye Institute 
Orthopedist - Dr. Christopher Gross/MUSC
Urgent Care Clinic - MUSC After Hours Care Clinic

MUSC Health Florence Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an 'A' for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

MUSC Health Florence Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

Learn more about this distinction (PDF).

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!

2020 Gold Winner Aster Awards2020 Silver Winner Aster Awards

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.