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MUSC Health Honors

MUSC Health is proud to be a Joint Commission-accredited health care organization.

Providing top-quality care and recognized by independent organizations such as:
  • The National Research Corporation
  • Leapfrog
  • U.S. News & World Report



MUSC Hospital Ranks in Five Categories in U.S. News & World Report

MUSC Health has been ranked as a "best hospital" for five of our programs in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. The following programs were ranked:

Read more about our rankings


MUSC Children's Hospital Ranks in Six Categories in U.S. News & World Report

MUSC Children's Hospital has again been ranked as a "best hospital" for six of our programs in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. The following programs were ranked:

Read more about our rankings


MUSC Receives "Best of Charleston" Awards in Six Categories
The Medical University of South Carolina has been ranked "Best of Charleston" in six categories:

#1 Hospital
#2 Place to work
#3 Wellness center
#4 Weight management program
#5 Physicians
#6 Place to have a baby


18th Year of Winning the Preferred Hospital in SC Award

The Consumer Choice Award names MUSC as the 2016-2017 Winner of the Preferred Hospital in SC Award. NRC Health annually provides Consumer Choice Awards for the most-preferred hospitals in markets across the U.S. Winners are selected from the nation’s most comprehensive, nationwide consumer health care profile, Market Insights from NRC Health. Since 1996, NRC Health has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing quality healthcare services.



The Only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in South Carolina

MUSC Health Hollings Cancer Center is one of fewer than 70 cancer centers in the nation — and the only one in South Carolina — to receive a designation from the National Cancer Institute.

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MUSC wins the 2016 Vizient Excellence Award

The Medical University of South Carolina received the first place award recognition for the 2016 Vizient Excellence Award! The Vizient Innovation Excellence Award was designed to recognize member health care organizations that are developing or adopting innovative technology solutions that have enhanced or changed their care delivery models or efficiencies. Submissions were judged by a panel of innovation industry leaders on desirability, feasibility and viability of the solution in the general marketplace.


MUSC Health Named Pioneer in Quality

One of the future methods of quality assessment in health care is via electronic means. MUSC Health was named by the Joint Commission as one of only 39 hospitals as a Pioneer in Quality. These hospitals lead the nation on the journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption.

View the list of winners (PDF)



MUSC Receives 2016 Mission Lifeline Award

2016 Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center GOLD PLUS Recognition Award recipient. MUSC is part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our quality of heart attack care as demonstrated through our 2015 ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ data. This award recognizes our success in implementing a high quality of care program by ensuring that our STEMI program treats patients according to nationally accepted guidelines.  



Institute of Psychiatry Awarded the 2016 NAMI South Carolina Hospital of the Year Award

The Institute of Psychiatry was presented the 2016 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Carolina Hospital of the Year award at the NAMI SC Annual Mental Health Conference on Friday, August 19th. The award is presented to the hospital that demonstrates a commitment to serving the mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness by raising mental health awareness, and offering education and support to those affected by mental illness and their family members.
Throughout the past decade, the Institute of Psychiatry has partnered with NAMI to provide a weekly NAMI Connection support group for our inpatients, host the Family to Family program each Spring and Fall, and graduate over 150 staff members from the Provider Education Program. Our local NAMI members are active on the Institute of Psychiatry’s Patient Family Advisory Council. This council has been awarded grants to fund the purchase of bus passes for our patients who rely on public transportation and to create an activity cart for psychiatric patients being boarded in the MUSC Emergency Department and awaiting an available bed at the Institute of Psychiatry. This is the fourth Hospital of the Year award from NAMI SC. The IOP received the award in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Bryan Count2016 NAMI AWARDs, Patient Safety and Service Coordinator at the Institute of Psychiatry receiving the award at the conference. 
He is also the Patient and Family Advisory Council Advisor.




SC Health Named Top "100 Great Hospitals in America"


Becker's Hospital Review has named MUSC Health one of the top 100 hospitals in America for 2016. According to the Becker's website, "The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities."



MUSC Health: A Leader in LGBT Equality

MUSC Health has been nationally recognized for its inclusion efforts in caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and their families. MUSC Health has been designated as A Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the 2016 Healthcare Equality Index. The designation was given by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for meeting several factors required for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for staff members. Learn more in the MUSC News Center



MUSC Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) Receives Beacon Award

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has awarded the MUSC Health PCICU a Silver Level Beacon Award. For patients and families the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale, and lower turnover.



MUSC Health Progressnotes Receives Award


At the 19th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference the eHealthcare Leadership Awards were announced and MUSC Health's Progressnotes publication received a gold award for "Best Annual or Special Report, Physician/Clinician-Focused Site" for the Year in Review 2014 issue. Although Progressnotes is a physician-focused publication, patients will want to review the issue to learn more about the innovation happening at MUSC Health every day.



MUSC Health Receives ANCC Magnet Recognition®


MUSC Health has achieved this pinnacle of nursing excellence, granted to only 420 of the almost 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. MUSC Health is currently the third hospital in South Carolina with Magnet® status and the only academic medical center in the state with this level of nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center granted Magnet recognition to MUSC Health through a rigorous program that requires the hospital to produce clear evidence of a compassionate, innovative, and data-driven approach by its nurses. Magnet status is the ultimate credential for high quality nursing and the leading example of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.



MUSC Health Recognized as one of the Most Connected Hospitals 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement, and clinical connectedness improves patient care.


Digestive Disease Center Receives Center of Excellence Designation

MUSC Health's Digestive Disease Center is now a member of a select group to receive the prestigious Center of Excellence designation from the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF). This designation requires a high level of expertise in all areas of pancreas disease diagnosis and management, and NPF provides this resource so patients can find specialty-care centers close to them. According to the GI Surgery Division Chief and Islet Cell Transplant Program Director, Dr. Katherine Morgan, "Only 30 hospitals nationwide have received this designation to date."


Safe Surgery 2015

MUSC Health was awarded a Safe Surgery 2015 designation from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) for the successful implementation of the surgical safety checklist. This is a testament to a team approach led by the medical staff.


Heart & Vascular Center Service Line Receives Platinum Performance Award

MUSC Health has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The award recognizes premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90 percent or better in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2014.


The SafeCare Group Names MUSC Medical Center One of Its 100 SafeCare Hospitals® for 2014-2015

MUSC Medical Center was named one of the 100 SafeCare Hospitals for 2014-2015 in the over 400 beds category in 40 Affordable Care Act metrics. The SafeCare Group stated that "if all US hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare Hospitals level, we could reduce the more than 400,000 hospital deaths and close to 5.1 million preventable complications per year."


MUSC Health Receives an American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

MUSC Health was one of only five medical centers in the country recognized by the AHA - McKesson for quality. According to their website, "The prize honors hospitals that:

  • have committed in a systematic manner and can document achievements in the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient (and family)-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
  • are taking steps to improve the health status of their communities; and
  • provide replicable models and approaches for the hospital field."



View the AHA videos regarding the Quest for Quality.


Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Best Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

The hospitals on this list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic health care. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures and have all received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care. View selection criteria and full list of recipients.
Read MUSC Health's full write up.


Becker's Hospital Review: 125 Hospital and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs

The organizations included on this list have orthopedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned considerable recognition. Exceptional orthopedic departments often include physicians who provide outstanding patient care, advance cutting-edge orthopedic research and treat professional athletes. View selection criteria and full list of recipients.
Read MUSC Health's full write up.


Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

The hospitals in this list offer remarkable spine and neurosurgical care as based on clinical accolades and recognition from various health care groups and agencies. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in the specialties by U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareChex, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. View MUSC Health's full write up.


MUSC Health Receives The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Award

Most medical centers that implement Get With the Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. It's a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families and in the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best. Our participation in Get With the Guidelines® demonstrates our commitment to quality care. We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines.


MUSC Health Receives the AHA Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Program


This award means our hospital team has been recognized for achievement in the Get With the Guidelines® Quality Improvement Program. It means you can expect care that's consistent with the latest scientific guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.



Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards

MUSC Health has received specialty excellence awards from Healthgrades over the past few years, including the following:

Outstanding Patient Experience Award

2014, 2013, 2012

Neurosciences Excellence Award

2014, 2013, 2012

Stroke Care

2014, 2013, 2012

Neurosurgery Excellence Award



MUSC Health Recognized by SC Blue Cross for High Quality, Low Cost Cardiac Care

SC Blue Cross has recognized MUSC Health as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care. This distinction recognizes medical centers for delivering quality care while also meeting cost-efficiency requirements. Only four medical centers in South Carolina received the Blue Distinction Center+ designation. Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and associated infections. Blue Distinction Centers+ are at least 20 percent more cost-efficient than nondesignated medical centers.


Weight Management Program

Health Magazine has rated the MUSC Health Weight Management Program as one of the top 15 weight management programs in the country. As the article states, medical weight loss centers "meet two important criteria: They offer an evidence-based treatment plan (meaning the methods are backed by solid clinical research), and they are closely supervised by MDs and other medical professionals."


Women's Choice Awards

MUSC Health’s Breast Center has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers by WomenCertified, Inc. (February, 2014)

MUSC Health Awarded Most Wired 2014

Most Wired awards acknowledge hospitals nationwide for leveraging health information technology in new and envelope-pushing ways.


Centers of Excellence

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Gamma Knife Center of Excellence

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence


Accreditations and Recognitions


The Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. Laboratories must be surveyed every two years. Learn more about the Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Quality Check.