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.

Becker's Hospital Review Names MUSC to "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs" and "125 Hospital and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs" List

100 Best Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

The hospitals on this list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures and have all received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care. View selection criteria and full list of recipients.
Read MUSC's full write up.

125 Hospital and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs

The organizations included on this list have orthopedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned considerable recognition. Exceptional orthopedic departments often include physicians who provide outstanding patient care, advance cutting-edge orthopedic research and treat professional athletes. View selection criteria and full list of recipients
Read MUSC's full write up.

MUSC Receives The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Award

Most hospitals that implement Get With the Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. It's a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families andin the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best. Our participation in Get With the Guidelines® demonstrates our commitment to quility care. We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines.

MUSC Receives the AHA Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke ProgramAHA-ASA logo

This award means our hospital team has been recognized for achievement in the Get With the Guidelines® Quality Improvement Program. It means you can expect care that's consistent with the latest scientific guidelines fromt he American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

MUSC Receives National Excellence Recognition for Workplace Wellness

MUSC successfully met all the requirements for earning Prevention Partners' WorkHealthy America Excellence Recognition.  This is their highest honor for worksite wellness and honors organizations that have established a strong, sustainable culture of wellness and have achieved straight A's in all four areas of WorkHealthy America: Physical activity, Nutrition, Tobacco Free and Culture of Wellness.

Dr. Susan Johnson of MUSC's Health Promotion team also participated in a video series, "Agents of Change," which can be viewed here.

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards

MUSC has received specialty excellence awards from Healthgrades over the past few years, including the following:

Patient Experience awardNeurosciencesStroke CareNeurosurgery

Outstanding Patient Experience Award
2014, 2013, 2012

Neurosciences Excellence Award
2014, 2013, 2012

Stroke Care
2014, 2013, 2012

Neurosurgery Excellence Award

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.

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 2014

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

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.

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.



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