Children’s Hospital has been ranked for children’s heart programs in
U.S. News Media Group’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Children’s
Hospitals, published online at http://www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands July 21.
“We are indeed proud to be recognized again as one of the top
children’s hospitals nationally for heart and heart surgery,” said Phil
Saul, M.D., MUSC Children’s Hospital medical director and director of
pediatric cardiology. “We are particularly pleased by our mortality
ranking of one, which only three of the top 30 programs received. This
indicates that children with complex heart conditions requiring surgery
are more likely to survive at MUSC than almost any other program in the
The 2009 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, the most extensive
listing of its kind, includes an Honor Roll of 10 pediatric hospitals
ranked in all 10 specialties. Hospitals are ranked in cancer, diabetes
and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery,
kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery,
orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.
This year’s rankings methodology weighed a three-part blend of
reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care,
advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed
description of the methodology can be found at
“The children of South Carolina are fortunate to have a heart health
program that is among the best in the nation. The many patients and
families served by Dr. Saul and his colleagues know firsthand what a
difference this kind of care can make in their lives,” said Ray
Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president.
The Children’s Hospital heart program has obtained a 99 percent 30-day
surgical survival rate for the last 5 years (2002-2007), ranking it
among the best in the world.
MUSC physicians and surgeons use a variety of advanced imaging and
interventional techniques to optimize planning and treatment,
including: 3-D echo, cardiac CT and MRI, diagnostic catheterization,
and non-surgical interventions such as minimally invasive catheter
procedures to complement, postpone or even eliminate the need for
“The recognition provided by US News & World Report shows the hard
work and passion that our team has for providing the best care possible
for the children we serve. When parents research the outcomes for
various programs across the country as they are looking for a center
for their child, MUSC Children’s routinely becomes an option,” said
John Sanders, Children’s Hospital administrator.
Friday, July 3, 2009