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MUSC Children's Hospital keeps national status as one of the best
Staff Reports | MUSC News Center | June 11, 2014
The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings cite MUSC's cardiology and nephrology programs. Pictured here, radiation tech Lauren Jones, left, monitors Adam Mereby while Dr. Nicole Cain, center, checks on him after he had a Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor implanted March 21. Nurse anesthetist Kyle Comley is at right.
|MUSC Children’s Hospital has again been ranked as a “best hospital” for children’s heart and nephrology programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at this site.|
Last year, MUSC Children’s Hospital performed 450 heart surgery cases. “Our pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery program remains a premier program, now supported by a hybrid cardiac cath lab, in which both an interventional and a surgical procedure can be performed in the same setting,” said Rita Ryan, M.D., Department of Pediatrics chairwoman. “The development of our pediatric heart failure, ventricular-assist device and heart transplant programs are rapidly growing and providing the latest technology for some of our most fragile patients.”
The Children’s Heart Center supports family-centered comprehensive care enhanced by one of the country’s only dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care units, designed for the critical care of all pediatric cardiac cases. A multidisciplinary nursing team with expertise in caring for children with heart defects minimizes discomfort and stress for every patient. Other family support services such as child-life specialists further enhance the patient’s experience. This team approach is also reflected in the statewide network of pediatric cardiologists and two pediatric cardiac surgeons in Charleston providing coordinated care unique to South Carolina through the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina. While ongoing cardiac care is delivered throughout the state, all surgical and catheterization procedures are performed at MUSC.