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Best Hospital in South Carolina: Medical University of South Carolina
Every year, U.S. News evaluates hospitals in every state and gives them a ranking based on their performance with certain procedures and conditions as well as their specialties. Despite evaluated 89 South Carolina hospitals, only eight met the high U.S. News & World Report standards. The best hospital, according to this list, is Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. This marks the eighth year that MUSC was ranked number one with four specialties and 16 procedures and conditions considered high performing. MUSC is also nationally ranked in two adult specialties and four children’s specialties.
Top Hospitals Also on the List
The other seven top SC hospitals on the list include:
- Lexington Medical Center in Columbia
- Roper Hospital in Charleston
- Spartanburg Medical Center
- McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence
- Bon Secours St. Francis Health System – Greenville
- Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
- Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach
Of these seven, only Roper Hospital has a nationally ranked specialty, and only one of these hospitals is in the Midlands of South Carolina (Health.USNews.com).
A Top Hospital in South Carolina
Lexington Medical Center in Columbia has placed on this short list two years in a row, ranking second this year. Last year, it was ranked fifth. This hospital was considered high performing for 11 different conditions and procedures including: back surgery (spinal fusion), hip fracture, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, heart attack, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, diabetes, kidney failure, and stroke.
The average patient experience is a rating of four out of five stars. While Lexington Medical Center does have an onsite emergency department, weight control services, and a medical surgical ICU, it does not have a Cardiac ICU or addiction treatment services. Of the 11 different specialties offered, there were only two without high performing services: urology and obstetrics and gynecology.
Safe Hospital in South Carolina
According to The State Newspaper, Lexington Medical Center is generally regarded as one of the safest hospitals in South Carolina despite being given a B rating (Four Midlands Hospitals Get an ‘A’ in Latest Safety Grades). These hospital safety scores are given by an independent organization called The Leapfrog Group.
If you would like to learn more about how these grades are determined and how to find your hospital’s rating, please check out our previous blog on this subject: South Carolina Ranks 25th in Hospital Safety
Each hospital evaluated by U.S. News & World report were judged by two criteria:
- The amount of “specialty rankings for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions who need a hospital that excels in treating complex, high-risk cases” each hospital had (New Rankings).
- The overall “procedure and condition ratings that focus on specific and more commonly required treatment, such as hip replacement and heart failure, rather than on broader specialties like orthopedics and cardiology” that each hospital received (New Rankings).
This list’s intended purpose is to make it easier for those diagnosed with rare conditions or difficult cases to find hospitals that are likely able to treat them. It is important not to reject emergency treatment due to these rankings but to instead ask your doctor which hospital may be best for treatment.
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