The Medical University of South Carolina was named the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News and World Report.

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg fell to the No. 2 spot after leading the pack last year. It was followed by Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley at No. 3 and Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston at No. 4. AnMed Health in Anderson and McLeod Health in Florence tied for the fifth spot, and Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown in Greenville ranked No. 7.

 

The 750-bed MUSC Medical Center in downtown Charleston took the top spot on U.S. News and World Report’s best hospitals in South Carolina list. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)The 750-bed MUSC Medical Center in downtown Charleston took the top spot on U.S. News and World Report’s best hospitals in South Carolina list. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)

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Dr. Patrick Cawley, executive director and CEO of MUSC Medical Center, said he was proud the hospital returned to the top of the statewide list, which was released Tuesday.

“This award reflects the excellence the MUSC teams pursue every day to deliver the highest level of quality and safe care for every MUSC patient,” Cawley said in a statement. “At the same time, we are also teaching the next generation of care providers and conducting the latest research innovations in health care so we can help all of South Carolina achieve this excellence.”

MUSC also ranked No. 32 in the nation in the ear, nose and throat category and earned a high performance ranking in the nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology categories.

Dr. Paul Lambert, director of the MUSC Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, called the national ranking a “nice accolade.”

“I think it reflects the quality of our faculty, our clinical programs and our research enterprise,” Lambert said in a statement. “We’ve got one the largest faculties for a university hospital in the country.”

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was named the best hospital in the country. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., took second place, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles tied for third.

To rank the hospitals, U.S. News and World Report, which first began publishing hospital rankings in 1990, measured patient volume, risk-adjusted survival rates and adequacy of nurse staffing.

“Patients deserve high-quality information on hospitals,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in a statement. “We strive to provide them with the most comprehensive data available so they can make more informed decisions together with their doctor about where to undergo treatment.”

By Ashley Heffernan
aheffernan@scbiznews.com
Published July 22, 2015