Six MUSC Children’s Hospital programs named as part of annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals”

Charleston, S.C. (June 26, 2018) – MUSC Children’s Hospital is once again the only such institution in South Carolina to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” The latest rankings are published online at

The leading specialties for MUSC Children’s Hospital are: No. 11 for cardiology and heart surgery; No. 29 for nephrology; No. 50 for urology; No. 25 for cancer; No. 45 for gastroenterology and GI surgery; and No. 43 for orthopedics. MUSC Children’s Hospital also had six specialties named in 2016 and 2017.

Newcomers to the list this year, although known throughout the state for their unparalleled, specialized care, orthopedics was 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. Cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, urology, and nephrology continued strong showings for this ranking period.

“We are proud to announce that for the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has recognized six of our pediatric specialties. During that same time period, we had eight out of ten pediatric specialty areas ranked by this organization landing in the top 50 programs in the country,” said Mark A. Scheurer, M.D., MUSC Children’s Health chief of clinical services. “Prior to these last three years, there were only three specialties recognized, so this is a great honor for us, and clearly a result of our commitment to the highest level of performance. Our teams provide this excellence on a daily basis, steadfast in our focus on consistent, comprehensive and patient- and family-centered care.”

The 12th 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 2018-19 rankings, 86 of the 189 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 clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications; 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 programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices; and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

"MUSC Children’s Health and our Children’s Hospital care team members have been consistently cited by this organization and many others for the incredible care they are delivering every day,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and University vice president for health affairs. “I have no doubt that the biggest validation they receive comes from helping those they serve, but these annual rankings certainly confirm that collectively we are changing what’s possible for our patients and their families. I get so energized thinking about what these amazing care team members are going to be able to accomplish when they move into the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital on the peninsula and the new pediatric ambulatory services center in North Charleston next year. Keep your eye on this team, because they are poised to take the state’s most comprehensive children’s health system to new and unprecedented heights."


About MUSC Children’s Health

At MUSC Children’s Health we are imagining what’s possible for each and every child by providing the pediatric expertise your child deserves and needs. From promoting healthy lifestyles to offering life-saving treatments, we deliver comprehensive and compassionate care to children throughout South Carolina and beyond. Our integrated health care system consists of a 186-bed pediatric hospital providing the most advanced care possible in more than 26 specialty areas. We also provide the same depth and breadth of expertise in multiple neighborhood locations throughout the Lowcountry, offering primary, urgent and specialty care. As a Level 1 Trauma center, our pediatric emergency department specializes in providing emergency care for any serious injury or illness your child may experience at home, at school or at play. Working collaboratively with pediatricians throughout the community, MUSC Children’s Health also provides after-hours care to children from birth to seventeen years of age in three different locations on weeknights, weekends and holidays. In addition to the clinical care MUSC Children’s Health provides, we are a major pediatric clinical research center conducting significant and ongoing research efforts through the Charles P. Darby Research Institute. This involvement allows us to enhance our ability to provide the highest level of care to children by translating laboratory advances to bedside, developing new technologies and providing clinical trials. For more information visit

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