Quality & Patient Safety

quality & patient Safety

Awards & Recognition

At the Medical University of South Carolina, we are proud of the many awards and recognition that we have received.  We are also proud to be a Joint Commission accredited health care organization.  We work hard to provide you with top-quality care, so it is important to us that independent organizations, like the National Research Corporation, Leapfrog, and U.S. News & World Report, recognize that quality of care.

Dr. Cawley receiving the AHA Qualtiy Award
Dr. Cawley (center) receiving the
Quest for Quality Prize

MUSC Receives an American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

MUSC was one of only five hospitals in the country recognized by the AHA - McKesson for quality. According to their website, "The prize honors hospitals that:

  • have committed in a systematic manner and can document achievements in the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient (and family)-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
  • are taking steps to improve the health status of their communities; and
  • provide replicable models and approaches for the hospital field."

View the AHA videos regarding the Quest for Quality.

MUSC Transplant Program Designated as a "BDCT Plus" Blood and Transplant Program

According to Blue Cross/Blue Shield "Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare." View a list of the designated centers in the country (pdf).

MUSC again received an "A" rating for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score.  This is the third year in a row that MUSC has been given this distinction. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scoresm grades hospitals on data related to how safe they are for patients. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

MUSC Medical Center Named One of the 100 Great Hospitals in America for 2014

Becker's Hospital Review named MUSC one of the 100 great hospitals in America, citing that "MUSC Medical Center is an anchor for healthcare in South Carolina. For instance, its MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state, one of just 70 nationwide." Read the full story.

Rising Star award sealUniversity Health System Consortium Rising Star Award, 2012

MUSC has received a Rising Star Award and was ranked 15th out of 116 academic medical centers overall at the annual meeting of the University Health System Consotium (UHC). Rising Star Award winners moved up 20 or more spots in the UHC Quality and Accountability Study rankings since last year.


Best Doctors are at MUSC 

Close to 300 Charleston-area doctors either employed at or affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have been named to the 2014 "Best Doctors" list by Best Doctors, Inc. Doctors on the list represent more than 46 specialties including cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, pediatrics, family and internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, obstetrics and gynecology and surgery.

         Best Doctors

MUSC recognized by SC Blue Cross for high quality, low cost cardiac care

SC Blue Cross has recognized MUSC as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care.  This distinction recognizes hospitals for delivering quality care while also meeting cost-efficiency requirements.  Only four hospitals in South Carolina received the Blue Distinction Center+ designation. Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and associated infections. Blue Distinction Centers+ are at least 20 percent more cost-efficient than nondesignated hospitals.

The only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in South Carolina.  NCI

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has also been awarded three year, full accreditation from the American College of Surgeons for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Weight Management Program

Health Magazine has rated the MUSC Weight Management Program as one of the top 15 weight management programs in the country.As the article states, medical weight loss centers "meet two important criteria: They offer an evidence-based treatment plan (meaning the methods are backed by solid clinical research), and they are closely supervised by MDs and other medical professionals."

Women's Choice Awards

MUSC’s Breast Center has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers by WomenCertified, Inc. (February, 2014)

MUSC was voted Charleston's Hospital of Choice 15 years in a row NRC Consumer Choice

MUSC was voted Charleston's Hospital of Choice 15 years in a row for Best Overall Quality, Best Doctors, Best Nurses by the National Research Corporation 2013-2014.

MUSC awarded Most Wired 2013

Most Wired awards acknowledge hospitals nationwide for leveraging health information technology in new and envelope-pushing ways.

Exceeding Patient Expectations

MUSC has received the Avatar Exceeding Patient Expectations award for the year 2011. Avatar International, a research and consulting company, specializes in Evidence Based Intelligent Surveys and Innovative Strategies to transform information into significant quality and efficiency of care improvement for the healthcare industry.

Centers of Excellence

Bariatrics Center of ExcellenceIRSA Gamma Knife Center of ExcellenceBreast center excellence
Bariatric Surgery Center of ExcellenceGamma Knife Center of ExcellenceBreast Imaging Center of Excellence


Accreditations and Recognitions:

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has again recognized the Medical University of South Carolina Comprehensive Epilepsy Center as a Level 4 Center for 2014.

MUSC won national recognition in its continued quest to prevent health care-associated infections by receiving an outstanding achievement and leadership award. The 2013 award was given by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative in conjunction with the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition to recognize MUSC's efforts to eliminate central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). By preventing 369 cases of CLABSI within the past 36 months, MUSC has saved 66 patient lives and $13.3 million in health care costs.

MUSC trauma program has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. This verification is the highest level any trauma program in the country can achieve and MUSC is the first hospital in South Carolina to achieve this rating.  (January 2012)

MUSC was awarded Joint Commission Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification for Main Hospital, Ashley River Tower, Institute of Psychiatry, and Children's Hospital.  MUSC is approximately the 40th hospital in the U.S. to gain this distinction.  June 2011

The MUSC Depression Research and Treatment Center has been awarded membership into the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).  The NNDC constitutes the premier academic centers in the United States, which study and treat depression and related co-morbid neuropsychiatric disorders.  MUSC is one of 22 such designated centers.

MUSC received recognition as a Quality Respiratory Care Provider.  Approximately 15% of hospitals in the U.S. have applied for and received this award.  For more information, visit YourLungHealth.org.  The Website informs consumers that "Quality Respiratory Care Recognition" means First Rate Respiratory Care.

The MUSC Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center was recently awarded the 2011-2012 Quality Care Award at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, held in Orlando, Fla.

Along with three other centers – Children's Hospital at Oakland, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and University of Texas Southwestern, Austin, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler – MUSC's CF Center was commended for ongoing dedication to developing and implementing quality improvement projects that use clinical outcomes data to improve patient care.

Becker's Hospital Review named MUSC as one of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs. The list of 100 hospitals recognizes outstanding hospitals for heart care in the Univeted States and MUSC is the only hospital in South Carolina to make it on this list.

Hospitals were selected based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. These hospitals have been set apart for excellence in heart care and research by prominent and reputable healthcare sources and associations, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.



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