Trident Health Hospitals Earn America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award

Trident Medical Center is a 321-bed acute care hospital and a part of Trident Health

Charleston, SC – Trident Health announced today its two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – are among America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2024, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This achievement puts Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance.

Trident Health Chief Medical Officer Jane Appleby, MD said, “In addition to the 250 Best Hospitals Awards, we’re also honored to receive recognition by Healthgrades as among the:
50 Best Hospitals in America for Surgical Care
100 Best Hospitals in America for Critical Care
100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery
100 Best Hospitals in America for Prostate Surgery
100 Best Hospitals in America for Spine Surgery
These awards recognize the commitment that our front line teams have to provide high quality care for complex and specialized medical conditions to the patients that trust us with their care.”

Trident Health's hospitals have earned the America's 250 Best Hospitals Award

“Being recognized by Healthgrades as a recipient of their 250 Best Hospitals in America Award for the second consecutive year is evidence of the continued commitment our physicians, nurses and other colleagues make every day to ensure the care our patients receive is consistently among the best in the nation,” said Landon Smith, Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer at 321-bed Trident Medical Center.

Stephen Chandler, Chief Executive Officer of 124-bed Summerville Medical Center, said, ““We’re honored to be named one of the best 250 hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence by Healthgrades for the second year in a row. Chandler added, “This recognition is a testament of the commitment to the care and improvement of human life our colleagues and physicians have for the Lowcountry.  We are continuously focused on putting the safety and experience our patients first in all that we do.“

In addition to Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center, Trident Health includes Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness, a 60-bed freestanding mental health hospital, and four freestanding ERs – Brighton Park Emergency, Centre Pointe Emergency, James Island Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center.

To determine the top hospitals for 2024, Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for more than 30 conditions and procedures at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Unlike other hospital studies, Healthgrades ratings are based solely on what matters most: patient outcomes. The 2024 Healthgrades analysis revealed significant variation in hospital performance, making it increasingly important to seek care at top-rated programs. From 2020-2022, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to America’s 250 Best Hospitals, on average, 178,402 lives could potentially have been saved.*

“Healthgrades commends Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center for their leadership and continued dedication to high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “As one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center are elevating the standard for quality care nationwide and ensuring superior outcomes for the patients in their community.”

Consumers can visit Healthgrades.com to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of how we rate and why hospital quality matters here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. Click here to view the complete 2024 America’s Best Hospital Awards Methodology.


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