MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program nationally ranked

Charleston Regional Business Journal
June 19, 2009

The Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital is ranked among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the August edition of U.S. News and World Report.

The report ranks the 30 best children’s hospitals in the country and breaks down the ranking into 10 specialties, including cancer, neonatal care, orthopedics and urology. MUSC is ranked No. 28 in the heart and heart surgery category. The rankings are decided based on reputation, outcome and care-related measures.

“We are particularly pleased by our mortality ranking of 1, which only three of the top 30 programs received,” said Dr. Phil Saul, medical director and director of pediatric cardiology for MUSC Children’s Hospital. “This indicates that children with complex heart conditions requiring surgery are more likely to survive at MUSC than almost any other program in the U.S.”

MUSC’s Children’s Heart Center has a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit and a statewide network of pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Florence.

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