MUSC Children’s Hospital was the only hospital in the state to rank nationally on the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best children’s hospitals, according to a news release announcing the results.
The Charleston hospital ranked nationally in six children’s specialties: No. 20 for cardiology and heart surgery, No. 22 for nephrology, No. 29 for urology, No. 37 for cancer, No. 39 for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, and No. 47 for diabetes and endocrinology.
“I am proud of our children’s hospital care team as this is validation of the great care they deliver every day,” Dr. Patrick J. Cawley, MUSC Health’s CEO and the university vice president for health affairs, said in the release. “This is also evidence of the need to build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, which will be a resource of high quality children’s care for South Carolina and the nation.”
The rankings are based on clinical data from more than 180 pediatric centers and from surveys of nearly 11,000 pediatric specialists and subspecialists, U.S. News said in a separate news release. Clinical outcomes, efficiency and coordination of care delivery, infection control, compliance with best practices, the number of nurses and availability of programs are taken into consideration.
“Families with sick children face so many uphill battles,” Avery Comarow, editor of U.S. News health rankings, said in the release. “By recognizing hospitals that offer the best pediatric care, we hope we can offer families important help when they are going through an exceptionally overwhelming time.”