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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!

Best Employer

America's Best Employers 2018
Best Large Employers
Best Midsize Employers

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


Readers Name MUSC ‘Best’ in Six Categories

The Charleston City Paper readers have voted MUSC as the 2018 Best of Charleston in six categories, including Best Hospital. Each of you makes these awards possible by providing advanced, coordinated health care while pioneering ways to treat and heal patients. Alongside being recognized as South Carolina’s #1 hospital by US News & World Report, it is a special honor to be considered the best right here at home!

Best Place to Work
Best In-Home Healthcare Company
Best Hospital
Best Weight Loss Center
Best Health Club
Best Physician: Sam McNulty

Congratulations to our entire health care team for being recognized by the Charleston community!


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.



SC Chamber of Commerce Recognizes MUSC for Work in Diversity 

SC Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce named MUSC the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award in the category for medium and large businesses. The chamber describes the program as an opportunity for community leaders to recognize the accomplishments of South Carolina companies that are leading the way in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The award was presented during the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 38th Annual Summit.

Pictured are, from left: MUSC Health CEO Patrick J. Cawley, Jean-Marc Villain, Director of Supplier Diversity (MUSC Health), Michael Vanderhurst, Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office (University), Stephanie Taylor, Director of Diversity and Inclusion (MUSC Health), DaNine Fleming, Director of Training and Intercultural Education (University), and Anton Gunn, Chief Diversity Officer (MUSC Health).


MUSC Children’s Health – ‘Shining star’ of Patient Quality and Safety

MUSC Children’s Health has been recognized as a “shining star” for its deep commitment to a culture of patient safety. In 2017, MUSC joined the Child Health Patient Safety Organization, a network of about 60 children’s hospitals and part of the Children’s Hospital Association. The network is dedicated to ensuring all pediatric patients get the safest care available when coming to the hospital. MUSC Health has also participated in Solutions for Patient Safety, another national collaborative that distinguishes our commitment to quality and safety.

Both patient quality and safety organizations believe in an approach of transparency and best practice in making a culture shift to error and harm prevention. “Hospitals that participate in both are truly deeply invested in safety. I think they are our shining stars,” said Kate Conrad, vice president of the Children’s Hospital Association.


Diabetes Program Recertified by The Joint Commission

The MUSC Health Inpatient Diabetes Program has been officially recertified by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.


MUSC Honored in Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Hospital & Health Systems with Great Women's Health Programs | 2017

Beckers HonorThe hospitals included on this list support award-winning programs in women's health, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, gynecology and women's heart care. This list also recognizes hospitals with forward-thinking labor and delivery departments and recognition for maternity care. Many are high volume referral centers for their community, serving women with health needs across the spectrum.


MUSC Honored for Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

insight into diversityThe Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Read more about MUSC's HEED award


MUSC earns LEAD Award for Excellence in Nutrition

ASMBS LeadThe Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received the Excellence in Nutrition Award, honoring an ASMBS member who has made significant contributions to pre-operative and/or post-operative nutrition. Congratulations!


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

MUSC Health has been ranked as a "best hospital" for four of our programs in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. The following programs were ranked:

MUSC Health - Children's Hospital Ranks in Six Categories in U.S. News & World Report

Once again, MUSC Health - Children’s Hospital has been recognized as the top children’s hospital in South Carolina with a total of six pediatric specialties ranked in the top 50 programs across the nation in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. The following programs were ranked:

MUSC Health Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

Joint Commission SealIn 2017, MUSC Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

groupWith this recent certification, MUSC Health becomes the only health care provider in the Lowcountry to have Joint Commission certifications in both shoulder and hip and knee replacement surgery. It also elevates MUSC Health to an elite group of only 37 hospitals nationwide that have attained Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. MUSC Health has the only hospital within the state and the Southeastern coastal region to have achieved this recognition.

Congratulations to the entire team!


MUSC receives 2017 Leape Ahead Award

The American Association for Physician Leadership congratulates the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as the 2017 Leape Ahead Award Winner for our innovative GME event reporting to improve patient outcomes!

Leape Ahead AwardCongratulations to the entire team involved, including Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Danielle Scheurer, Associate Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Mack, multiple chief residents and multiple residency program directors, for their hard work initiating this program and for receiving this prestigious recognition!


MUSC Receives "Best of Charleston" Awards in Six Categories

The Medical University of South Carolina has been ranked "Best of Charleston" in six categories:

#1 Hospital
#2 Place to work
#3 Wellness center
#4 Weight management program
#5 Physicians
#6 Place to have a baby


18th Year of Winning the Preferred Hospital in SC Award

The Consumer Choice Award names MUSC as the 2016-2017 Winner of the Preferred Hospital in SC Award. NRC Health annually provides Consumer Choice Awards for the most-preferred hospitals in markets across the U.S. Winners are selected from the nation’s most comprehensive, nationwide consumer health care profile, Market Insights from NRC Health. Since 1996, NRC Health has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing quality healthcare services.



The Only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in South Carolina

NCI DesignatedMUSC Health Hollings Cancer Center is one of fewer than 70 cancer centers in the nation — and the only one in South Carolina — to receive a designation from the National Cancer Institute.


MUSC wins the 2016 Vizient Excellence Award

The Medical University of South Carolina received the first place award recognition for the 2016 Vizient Excellence Award! The Vizient Innovation Excellence Award was designed to recognize member health care organizations that are developing or adopting innovative technology solutions that have enhanced or changed their care delivery models or efficiencies. Submissions were judged by a panel of innovation industry leaders on desirability, feasibility and viability of the solution in the general marketplace.


MUSC Health Named Pioneer in Quality

One of the future methods of quality assessment in health care is via electronic means. MUSC Health was named by the Joint Commission as one of only 39 hospitals as a Pioneer in Quality. These hospitals lead the nation on the journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption.

View the list of winners (PDF)


MUSC Receives 2016 Mission Lifeline Award

2016 Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center GOLD PLUS Recognition Award recipient. MUSC is part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our quality of heart attack care as demonstrated through our 2015 ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ data. This award recognizes our success in implementing a high quality of care program by ensuring that our STEMI program treats patients according to nationally accepted guidelines.


Institute of Psychiatry Awarded the 2016 NAMI South Carolina Hospital of the Year Award

The Institute of Psychiatry was presented the 2016 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Carolina Hospital of the Year award at the NAMI SC Annual Mental Health Conference on Friday, August 19th. The award is presented to the hospital that demonstrates a commitment to serving the mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness by raising mental health awareness, and offering education and support to those affected by mental illness and their family members.

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Bryan Counts, Patient Safety and Service Coordinator at the Institute of Psychiatry receiving the award at the conference. He is also the Patient and Family Advisory Council Advisor.

Throughout the past decade, the Institute of Psychiatry has partnered with NAMI to provide a weekly NAMI Connection support group for our inpatients, host the Family to Family program each Spring and Fall, and graduate over 150 staff members from the Provider Education Program. Our local NAMI members are active on the Institute of Psychiatry’s Patient Family Advisory Council. This council has been awarded grants to fund the purchase of bus passes for our patients who rely on public transportation and to create an activity cart for psychiatric patients being boarded in the MUSC Emergency Department and awaiting an available bed at the Institute of Psychiatry. This is the fourth Hospital of the Year award from NAMI SC. The IOP received the award in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2016.


MUSC Health Named Top "100 Great Hospitals in America"

Great Hospitals 2016Becker's Hospital Review has named MUSC Health one of the top 100 hospitals in America for 2016. According to the Becker's website, "The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities."


MUSC Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) Receives Beacon Award

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has awarded the MUSC Health PCICU a Silver Level Beacon Award. For patients and families the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale, and lower turnover.


MUSC Health Progressnotes Receives Award

eHLA WinnerAt the 19th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference the eHealthcare Leadership Awards were announced and MUSC Health's Progressnotes publication received a gold award for "Best Annual or Special Report, Physician/Clinician-Focused Site" for the Year in Review 2014 issue. Although Progressnotes is a physician-focused publication, patients will want to review the issue to learn more about the innovation happening at MUSC Health every day.


MUSC Health Receives ANCC Magnet Recognition®

magnet recognizedMUSC Health has achieved this pinnacle of nursing excellence, granted to only 420 of the almost 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. MUSC Health is currently the third hospital in South Carolina with Magnet® status and the only academic medical center in the state with this level of nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center granted Magnet recognition to MUSC Health through a rigorous program that requires the hospital to produce clear evidence of a compassionate, innovative, and data-driven approach by its nurses. Magnet status is the ultimate credential for high quality nursing and the leading example of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.


MUSC Health Recognized as one of the Most Connected Hospitals 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement, and clinical connectedness improves patient care.


Digestive Disease Center Receives Center of Excellence Designation

MUSC Health's Digestive Disease Center is now a member of a select group to receive the prestigious Center of Excellence designation from the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF). This designation requires a high level of expertise in all areas of pancreas disease diagnosis and management, and NPF provides this resource so patients can find specialty-care centers close to them. According to the GI Surgery Division Chief and Islet Cell Transplant Program Director, Dr. Katherine Morgan, "Only 30 hospitals nationwide have received this designation to date."


Safe Surgery 2015

MUSC Health was awarded a Safe Surgery 2015 designation from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) for the successful implementation of the surgical safety checklist. This is a testament to a team approach led by the medical staff.


Heart & Vascular Center Service Line Receives Platinum Performance Award

MUSC Health has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The award recognizes premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90 percent or better in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2014.

The SafeCare Group Names MUSC Medical Center One of Its 100 SafeCare Hospitals® for 2014-2015

MUSC Medical Center was named one of the 100 SafeCare Hospitals for 2014-2015 in the over 400 beds category in 40 Affordable Care Act metrics. The SafeCare Group stated that "if all US hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare Hospitals level, we could reduce the more than 400,000 hospital deaths and close to 5.1 million preventable complications per year."


MUSC Health Receives an American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

AHA Cawley MUSC Health was one of only five medical centers in the country recognized by the AHA - McKesson for quality. According to their website, "The prize honors hospitals that:
have committed in a systematic manner and can document achievements in the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient (and family)-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
are taking steps to improve the health status of their communities; and
provide replicable models and approaches for the hospital field."

View the AHA videos regarding the Quest for Quality


Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Best Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

The hospitals on this list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic health care. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures and have all received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care. View selection criteria and full list of recipients.

Read MUSC Health's full write up


Becker's Hospital Review: 125 Hospital and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs

The organizations included on this list have orthopedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned considerable recognition. Exceptional orthopedic departments often include physicians who provide outstanding patient care, advance cutting-edge orthopedic research and treat professional athletes. View selection criteria and full list of recipients.

Read MUSC Health's full write up


Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

The hospitals in this list offer remarkable spine and neurosurgical care as based on clinical accolades and recognition from various health care groups and agencies. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in the specialties by U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareChex, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. View MUSC Health's full write up.


MUSC Health Receives The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Award

Most medical centers that implement Get With the Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. It's a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families and in the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best. Our participation in Get With the Guidelines® demonstrates our commitment to quality care. We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines.


MUSC Health Receives the AHA Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Program

AHA StrokeThis award means our hospital team has been recognized for achievement in the Get With the Guidelines® Quality Improvement Program. It means you can expect care that's consistent with the latest scientific guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.


Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards

MUSC Health has received specialty excellence awards from Healthgrades over the past few years, including the following:

Health Grades Patient Experience

Outstanding Patient Experience Award
2014, 2013, 2012

Healthgrades Neuro

Neurosciences Excellence Award
2014, 2013, 2012


Stroke Care
2014, 2013, 2012

Health Grades Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery Excellence Award


MUSC Health Recognized by SC Blue Cross for High Quality, Low Cost Cardiac Care

SC Blue Cross has recognized MUSC Health as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care. This distinction recognizes medical centers for delivering quality care while also meeting cost-efficiency requirements. Only four medical centers in South Carolina received the Blue Distinction Center+ designation. Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and associated infections. Blue Distinction Centers+ are at least 20 percent more cost-efficient than nondesignated medical centers.


Weight Management Program

Health Magazine has rated the MUSC Health Weight Management Program as one of the top 15 weight management programs in the country. As the article states, medical weight loss centers "meet two important criteria: They offer an evidence-based treatment plan (meaning the methods are backed by solid clinical research), and they are closely supervised by MDs and other medical professionals."


Women's Choice Awards

MUSC Health’s Breast Center has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers by WomenCertified, Inc. (February, 2014)


MUSC Health Awarded Most Wired 2014

Most Wired awards acknowledge hospitals nationwide for leveraging health information technology in new and envelope-pushing ways.


Centers of Excellence

Center of Excellence

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence


Gamma Knife Center of Excellence


Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Accreditations and Recognitions

Gold Seal of ApprovalThe Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. Laboratories must be surveyed every two years. Learn more about the Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Quality Check.