MUSC Health is committed to innovation, discovery, and robust improvement, which is why this Year in Review 2015 is titled “Revealing Tomorrow.” In this issue, you’ll read about the many ways our clinicians and researchers pioneer new therapies and, with our industry partners, create new models for delivering health care to the people of South Carolina and beyond.
In 2015, MUSC Medical Center was again ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in South Carolina. Furthermore, two of our programs were again nationally ranked: Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery as number 31 in the nation and Ear, Nose, and Throat as number 32. Five other adult specialties were ranked as high-performing.
September brought the long-awaited news that we had received the nation’s ultimate credential for high-quality nursing: Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This recognition of quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice is held by only 7% of U.S. hospitals. What this means for our patients is that they are cared for in an environment that attracts top-rate providers and uses the most advanced nursing standards. Congratulations to the nursing teams whose years of preparation were responsible for this recognition. We stressed early on that Magnet® designation is about the entire team, so congratulations to the interprofessional team as well.
As always, improving community health beyond our walls is a priority, too, and in 2015 we expanded alliances of many kinds that will help us achieve our goals. With these partners, MUSC Health will move medicine forward to improve effectiveness and accessibility of care in groundbreaking ways.
Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MHM, FACHE
CEO, MUSC Health
Vice President for Health Affairs
Medical University of South Carolina