Skip Navigation
request an appointment my chart notification lp musc-logo-white-01 facebook twitter youtube blog find a provider circle arrow
MUSC mobile menu

MUSC Health Blog

Keyword: childrens-health

MUSC Children’s Hospital is once again the only such institution in South Carolina to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The latest rankings are published online by U.S. News & World Report.

The leading specialties for MUSC Children’s Hospital are: No. 11 for cardiology and heart surgery; No. 28 for nephrology; No. 37 for urology; No. 36 for cancer; No. 47 for gastroenterology and GI surgery; and No. 45 for neurology and neurosurgery.

Newcomers to the list this year, although known throughout the state for their unparalleled, specialized care, neurology and neurosurgery were recognized for quality of care, strong clinical outcomes and survival rates. In addition, the cardiology and heart surgery programs now sit one spot away from the top 10 programs in the country. Cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, urology, and nephrology continued strong showings for this ranking period.

“These rankings represent a steadfast commitment by our entire children’s hospital staff to delivering the highest quality pediatric care in the region. Although each of these programs should be proud of these specific achievements, they truly reflect the collective hard work of all our teams,” said Mark A. Scheurer, M.D., MUSC Children’s Health chief of clinical services. “As we look to the opening of the new hospital in 2019 and continue developing our outpatient subspecialty care services within communities, we feel confident that we are striking the appropriate balance that puts the needs of our patients and their families first.”

The 11th annual rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric hospitals in each of 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. In the 2017-18 rankings, 81 of the 187 hospitals surveyed were ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

The current methodology combines clinical and operational data, results from a reputational survey of board-certified pediatric specialists, and supplemental information from resources such as the National Cancer Institute. RTI International collects and analyzes the data for the rankings. The methodology reflects the level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, such as staffing, technology and special services; delivery of health care, such as reputation among pediatric specialists, programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices; and clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and procedure volume are among the many kinds of information about each ranked hospital that can be viewed on the U.S. News website.

"Once again, our care team members at the Children’s Hospital have another source of validation for the excellent care they are delivering to our patients and their families every day,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and university vice president for health affairs. “Clearly, the biggest validation they receive comes from those they serve, but these annual rankings certainly confirm that collectively we are leading health innovation for all the lives we touch at our Children’s Hospital. We can’t wait to see how the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital will take the state’s comprehensive care of children and their families to new and unprecedented heights for our state."

“March Madness” is alive and well at MUSC Health. If not in fact, then at least in the heart and mind of Chris Streck, pediatric surgeon, residency program director, trauma chief, husband, father and college basketball aficionado. At a shade under 6’3”, a graduate of Duke University, and a former high school basketball champion, Chris Streck can’t deny the basketball fever that flows in his veins, and how it roils rapidly every March when the madness begins. And it is no coincidence that this father of four has two sons, and a dog, named after three famous Duke basketball players—Christian, Grant and Winslow. Well, perhaps not his 12 year old son, Christian, III. That is of course, a family name.  

Dr. Streck and family

Honoring former Duke basketball players aside, basketball is not the only competitive sport that is top of mind in the Streck household. He and his wife, Maria, also a physician at MUSC, enjoy running and try to make time for a sprint at least three times a week. Chris also plays basketball at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings in Mt. Pleasant with the “Early Risers,” a somewhat middle-aged group of weekend warriors who enjoy the exercise, as well as the thrill of hitting a basket beyond the three point arc—sometimes.

In addition to medicine, also at the top of their priority list, both of the doctors Streck take an active role in their children’s sporting events with verve and gusto. Together, they collaboratively manage the craziness of shuttling the kids back and forth to nearly ten separate soccer practices each week. “With all four of the kids playing soccer and no two practices at the same time, we have to do this as a team,” Chris beams proudly. Having met his wife in medical school at Wake Forest University, the two forged a relationship and continued on to Memphis for their residencies, pairing up in a perfect partnership. “We could not have been more suited to each other,” describes Chris. “We are both extremely passionate about our medical careers, and even more importantly, about our family,” adds Chris. “I am fortunate to have healthy, bright and motivated kids, a great wife, and outstanding colleagues at MUSC. In essence, I have two incredible families, and I consider it a privilege to be in this position.”  

As the wearer of many hats, when asked how he spends his free time, Chris responds quickly. “When I am not at the hospital with my MUSC family, I am cruising around in my jeep making sure the kids get to practice on time. My free time is with my kids and I am okay with that. I feel fortunate to have this life and I am all in regardless of where I am.”

Shooting baskets, juggling balls, running the kids to practice, teaching the next generation of pediatric surgeons, as the chief of pediatric surgery, one does not have to speculate about Chris Streck’s dedication to caring for kids. His life is kids. “My life is also like juggling balls,” he adds. “When one ball almost reaches the ground, I can catch it because that’s when the next one goes in the air.” And Chris Streck, master of much, seems destined to always be there to catch it.

For more information about Chris Streck, M.D., pediatric surgeon or to make an appointment, please call 843-876-2222 or visit our website.

MUSC is proud to have therapy dogs visit our facilities. You may encounter them in the Main Hospital, the Children’s Hospital or even in ART. Many doctors and administrators recognize the health benefits the visits can provide for patients. However, patients are not the only ones who benefit from their presence, as staff members and visitors often look forward to their greetings too. The hospital’s volunteer department coordinates all visits to the MUSC facilities and all these pet visitors are required to be registered therapy dogs.

We are grateful for those volunteers who share their pets with the patients at MUSC. But even more, the patients are grateful to have a visit from “man’s best friend”. Take a moment to meet Lucky, volunteer Al and learn how they brighten the day of patients and staff at MUSC.

 

 

Share Your Story

Subscribe to the Blog