CHARLESTON -- MUSC Health was named by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth year in a row as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.
Three of MUSC Health’s specialty areas ranked among the best in the country: rheumatology; ear, nose and throat; and cancer. Four other MUSC Health programs are considered “high performing” in the 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings: nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.
“For five years in a row now, MUSC Health has been recognized for the high quality care and tremendous value that we provide our state,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and MUSC vice president for health affairs, university. “Our industry has a lot going on within it right now, so this achievement demonstrates not just our commitment to putting our patients and their families first, but a real and enduring commitment to changing what’s possible in how we deliver care through innovation, transformation and growth.”
U.S. News & World Report unveiled the 30th edition of the Best Hospitals rankings at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
Designed to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most difficult cases, Best Hospitals 2019-20 includes consumer-friendly data and information on 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News & World Report recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.
“We’re looking at things differently. We’re tearing down barriers to care, successfully training the health care leaders of tomorrow and integrating our research discoveries in real time whenever possible. The citizens of our state can take great pride and comfort in the knowledge that their only public statewide hospital system is consistently cited as one of the best in the country,” Cawley said.
The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals methodologies, in most areas of care, are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”
U.S. News & World Report’s produced Best Hospitals with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The other top-ranked hospitals in South Carolina are:
2. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville
3. Spartanburg Medical Center
4. (Tie) McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence
4. (Tie) Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston
6. Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
7. Providence Hospital, Columbia
8. (Tie) AnMed Health Medical Center
8. (Tie) Lexington Medical Center
The top 10 hospitals nationally, according to the rankings, are:
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York
6. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
7. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
9. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York
10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago