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.
For the 17th consecutive year, MUSC has been recognized as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in their annual rankings.
Three adult specialty programs at MUSC are ranked among the top 50 in the nation.
MUSC again received an "A" rating for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group in the Fall 2013 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.
University 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.
MUSC is ranked the #1 hospital in South Carolina by the U.S. News & World Report.
In addition to our three programs in the top 50, nine other adult specialties at MUSC are designated as “high-performing,” meaning that they rank in the top 25% nationally: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.
The U.S. News Media Group's 2013-2014 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals ranks the MUSC Children's Hospital among the top 50 programs for three specialties. For the fifth time, the heart and heart surgery programs attained this distinction. For the second time this year, the gastroenterology program was listed and for the first time this year, its nephrology program also ranked as one of the top 50 in the nation. For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.