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U.S. News & World Report rankings cite children’s program

MUSC 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 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 U.S.”
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 cardiac surgery.
“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

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