MUSC has been named by
U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's best hospitals in
the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and ear, nose and throat
In addition to these
national rankings, MUSC is "high-performing" in treating kidney
disorders, gynecologic disorders, orthopaedics and rheumatology.
Treatment programs for cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neurology
and neurosurgery, psychiatry, pulmonology, geriatrics and urology also
were considered high-performing.
New this year are rankings
of other area hospitals.
Paul Lambert in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
Surgery, one of MUSC's specialty areas cited in the latest U.S. News
& World Report.
MUSC was ranked first for
the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area. The new
rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record
of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the
152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are
nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. To be ranked in its metro area, a
hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least
one of 16 medical specialties.
Health Rankings editor Avery Comarow said all of these hospitals
provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with
serious conditions or who need demanding procedures. "The new Best
Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth
considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major
The rankings, annually
published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in
the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Aug. 30.
T. Karl Byrne is part of the team involved in treating gastrointestinal
Highlights from this
year's rankings include:
disorders ranks for 15th consecutive year
cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery
and psychiatry recognized for the first time
Thomas Uhde, M.D.,
chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and
executive director of the Institute of Psychiatry, said it's rewarding
to learn that their physician colleagues recognize the department's
high performance in delivering mental health care.
"In terms of competitive
federal research funding by the National Institutes of Health, which is
the gold standard of research excellence, we are among the top 10
nationally ranked research departments of psychiatry in the United
Mark George in the Institute of Psychiatry's Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences shows off the newly developed transcranial
magnetic stimulation machine.
Sometimes clinicians do
not always appreciate where new treatments were originally discovered,
developed and refined for widespread use in the community, he said.
"Our identification as a
high-performing program indicates that our physician colleagues have
gained an increased appreciation for our expertise in not only
discovering but also delivering innovative treatments. Some of our
treatments for severe depression can literally be provided only at MUSC
and, at the moment, in no other place in the world."
MUSC President Ray
Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., said it's rewarding that the outstanding care
delivered by MUSC faculty and staff is garnering such national
attention. "All South Carolinians can depend on the high quality of
services being delivered at our hospital and through graduates of our
training programs throughout the state."
Since 1990, the magazine
has identified medical centers with unique capabilities in one or more
areas. This year, the exclusive magazine reviewed data from 4,852
hospitals and selected 152 stellar medical centers in 16 specialty
areas for the national rankings. Rankings and eligibility are driven by
hard data, including reputation, death rate, patient safety, and
care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.
This year's rankings may
be viewed at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
Pat Cawley, M.D., MUHA
executive medical director, said he likes how the rankings have
"Here in Charleston, we're
easily recognized as the hospital that you want to go to for the
hardest problems and most difficult-to-treat cases," he said. "What
these new metro rankings show our community is that in addition to
taking the hardest cases, we also provide excellent care for more
routine procedures and treatments. With this number one designation for
our area, our neighbors can rest easy knowing that we can deliver an
excellent standard of care, no matter what brings them to us."
Want to see the
The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years,
will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which
will go on sale Aug. 30. This year's rankings may be viewed at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
To see MUSC scores and
rankings, go to http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/medical-university-of-south-carolina-6370085.