MUSC Children’s Hospital ranks nationally for cardiology and heart surgery

Charleston Regional Business Journal
May 19, 2011

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital 17th nationally for cardiology and heart surgery.

The rankings will be published in the report’s September issue.

The Children’s Heart Center at MUSC is one of a handful of facilities in the Southeast to have a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, which cares for pediatric cardiac cases such as postoperative management and monitoring.

“We are indeed proud to be recognized again as one of the top children’s hospitals nationally for heart and heart surgery,” said Dr. J. Philip Saul, MUSC Children’s Hospital medical director and director of pediatric cardiology, in a news release from the hospital. “We are particularly pleased by our consistently improved ranking, driven by the highest possible score for surgical survival, which only three of the top 20 programs received. The bottom line for our patients is the rankings indicate that children with complex heart conditions requiring surgery are more likely to survive at MUSC than almost any other program in the U.S.”

The recognition came as part of the publication’s 2011 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, which ranks hospitals in cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.

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