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U.S. News & World Report: MUSC is state’s No. 1 hospital

 Heather Woolwine | News Center | July 16, 2013   

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MUSC was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's best hospitals in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, nephrology and rheumatology.


MUSC was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's best hospitals in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, nephrology, and rheumatology.

MUSC was also categorized as a “high-performing” facility for the treatment of cancer, gynecologic disorders, orthopedics and cardiology and heart surgery. Programs for diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, geriatrics and urology also were considered high performing.

Richard M. Silver, M.D., who has been director of the MUSC Division of Rheumatology and Immunology since 1995, was pleased his division was recognized as one of the nation’s leading rheumatology centers.

“Rankings for rheumatology are based solely on reputation, and such recognition demonstrates the high regard our peers have for the patient care and expertise in rheumatology provided at MUSC,” Silver said. “We are particularly well known for the exemplary care and research in autoimmune connective tissue diseases, e.g., scleroderma and lupus. We are a tertiary care center for the most complex and severe rheumatic disease patients. Our staff provides cutting edge diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients of all ages – children and adults – from all areas of South Carolina and beyond.”

Fewer than 150 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

MUSC ranked first in South Carolina and for the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area. The state and local rankings recognize more than 700 hospitals with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including hospitals already identified as the best in the nation.

"We are gratified that MUSC continues to be recognized as a leading hospital in South Carolina and beyond,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president. “This is a great tribute to our outstanding faculty and staff who are among the best in the country.”

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

“The recognition as South Carolina's No. 1 hospital is particularly gratifying for the dedicated teams of physicians and staff who provide high quality care every day, but also teach the next generation, and test new discoveries. This is further evidence of MUSC's focus on expertise and excellence through high performance teamwork,” said Patrick Cawley, M.D., MUSC executive director/CEO and vice president for clinical operations.

The rankings are published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27. Since 1990, the magazine has identified medical centers with unique capabilities in one or more areas. Rankings and eligibility are driven by hard data, including reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. To see MUSC scores and rankings, visit




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