In many cases, a children’s hospital chooses you—when your child is sick, he or she is whisked off to the hospital your pediatrician recommends or to the nearest emergency room. Nothing wrong with that, of course. But in an age when consumer choice has caught on in health care, why not make a more careful decision about where your child receives his or her care?
Enter the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings on children’s hospitals. The rankings provide some assurance that, should you need a speciality program for a rare medical condition, there is one nearby you can count on. Once again, MUSC Children’s Hospital and its pediatric cardiology program are ranked in the top 20 in the nation.
“We are indeed proud to be recognized again as one of the top children’s hospitals nationally for heart and heart surgery,” said J. Philip Saul, M.D., MUSC Children’s Hospital medical director and director of pediatric cardiology. “We are particularly pleased by our consistently improved ranking, driven by the highest possible score for surgical survival (12 of 12), which only 3 of the top 20 programs received. The bottom line for our patients is the rankings indicate that children with complex heart conditions requiring surgery are more likely to survive at MUSC than almost any other program in the US.”
If your child is unfortunate enough to need MUSC Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology program, rest assured he or she is in excellent hands.
“The children of South Carolina are fortunate to have a heart health program that is among the best in the nation, and among only 3 top 20 programs in the Southeast. The many patients and families served by Dr. Saul and his colleagues know firsthand what a difference this kind of care can make in their lives,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president.