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MUSC ranks in annual edition of
America’s Best Hospitals
has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s
best hospitals in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, kidney
disease and rheumatology. This marks the 12th consecutive year that
gastrointestinal disorders has made the list. The rankings will be
published in the July 23 issue of the magazine that appeared on
newsstands July 14. MUSC is the only hospital in South Carolina that is
listed in this year’s rankings.
“We are very pleased with this independent confirmation that the
Medical University of South Carolina is one of the leading hospitals in
the country,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president. “As the
only South Carolina hospital to achieve this national status, MUSC
plays a leadership role in bringing state-of-the-art health care to the
citizens of our state. We look forward to the opportunity to build
further upon the existing strengths of this institution.”
Since 1990, the magazine has identified medical centers with unique
capabilities in one or more areas. This year, the exclusive magazine
reviewed data from 5,453 hospitals and selected 170 of the most stellar
medical centers in 16 specialty areas. Rankings and eligibility may be
viewed at http://www.usnews.com or
by clicking on the 2008 America's Best Hospitals button on the
university homepage, http://www.musc.edu.
Ranked 19th in the nation, Gastrointestinal Disorders includes the MUSC
Digestive Disease Center (DDC), the Division of Gastroenterology in the
Department of Medicine and the Department of Surgery.
“The gastrointestinal physicians and health care staff of MUSC are very
gratified to be recognized for our expertise and experience in the
treatment of digestive disorders by the prestigious US News rankings,”
said Mark Payne, M.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology director.
Dr. Mario Gomez,
right, discusses DDICU patient care with residents in the DDICU while
registered nurse Michael Grigsby (background) updates a patient's chart.
DDC medical director, Mark DeLegge, M.D., added: “The Digestive Disease
Center is committed to excellence through innovation and a patient
focused approach to clinical care. As a team approach to digestive
disease, it doesn’t get any better than MUSC.”
“The US News and World Report ranking of the our gastrointestinal
disorders related programs as No. 19 in the nation is a result of
having an outstanding team of patient focused caregivers dedicated to
providing the best care possible to our GI patients,” said David Cole,
M.D., McKoy Rose Professor and Chairman MUSC Department of Surgery.
This reflects the type of excellent care being offered across the board
to our patients at MUSC.”
Meanwhile, MUSC’s performance in treating kidney disease earned it a
ranking for the first time in this category.
“All of the division faculty deserve congratulations. ...Our basic
science faculty contribute as well by enhancing our national academic
image. It is outstanding that we finally achieved being included on the
list,” said David Ploth, M.D., Nephrology director. “The competition is
very strong, and is among the same group of excellent institutions that
we compete with for fellow trainees and grant funding.”
In a special category based solely on national reputation, MUSC’s
Rheumatology division placed 19th among America’s hospitals.
“Our physicians and scientists have garnered an international
reputation for their work on scleroderma, lupus and other rheumatic
diseases, so to rank No. 19 on the US News & World Report’s list is
a credit to them,” said Richard M. Silver, M.D., Distinguished
University Professor and director of the division. “It is gratifying to
be recognized by one’s peers for the expertise we provide in caring for
patients with the most serious or difficult medical problems associated
Janece Moore, from left; clinical associate Ryan Grimm; and registered
nurse Ben Kuchta prepare a patient's room for admissions.
For more information about these or other MUSC programs and
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Friday, July 18, 2008
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