Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014
Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center (Charleston, S.C.). MUSC Medical Center dates back to 1955, when it opened with the help of a $4 million state bill as a replacement site for Roper Hospital, the state's first teaching hospital that was damaged by an earthquake decades prior.
MUSC Medical Center is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina, which was the 10th medical school in the country and first in the Deep South when it was chartered in 1823. Today the 750-bed MUSC Medical Center has ties to a network of more than 750 primary care and specialty physicians. It is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report, securing spots as one of the top 40 hospitals in the country for rheumatology; ear, nose and throat; and nephrology. The hospital snagged an "A" grade from Leapfrog Group for patient safety in 2013. It earned several awards from Healthgrades, including those for excellence in neurosurgery, stroke care and neurosciences in 2014.
MUSC Medical Center is an anchor for healthcare in South Carolina. For instance, its MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state, one of just 70 nationwide. Each year, MUSC Medical Center cares for more than 170,000 patients. Its parent, MUSC Health, receives roughly $95 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health annually and links patients to more clinical trials than any other institution in the state.
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