MUSC ranked state’s No. 1 hospital eighth year in row

U.S. News & World Report releases annual national rankings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 26, 2022) – MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston was named by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth year in a row as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina, with two of MUSC Health’s specialty areas ranking among the best in the entire country: ear, nose and throat (#15) and obstetrics and gynecology (#16). 

Twenty additional MUSC Health programs are considered “high-performing” specialties, procedures or conditions in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings, represented in the following MUSC Health system divisions: 

MUSC Health-Charleston Division (University Medical Center): cancer, gastroenterology & GI surgery, rheumatology, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke and uterine cancer surgery.

MUSC Health-Florence Division (Florence Medical Center): chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, stroke.

MUSC Health-Lancaster Division (Lancaster Medical Center): chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

MUSC Health-Midlands Division (Columbia Medical Center Downtown):  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack, heart failure, hip replacement and kidney failure.

“These rankings indicate to all South Carolinians that MUSC Health, as the only public, statewide hospital system, continues to work very hard to remain one of the best care providers in the country,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MUSC Health CEO and MUSC executive vice president for Health Affairs, University. “Across the board, it's been a time of challenge and incredible opportunity for all of our care teams, and their commitment to ensuring that our patients are receiving the right care, in the right place and at the right time hasn’t wavered. The entire MUSC family is honored to know and work with such compassionate, innovative and collaborative individuals.”

U.S. News & World Report unveiled its 33rd  edition of the Best Hospitals rankings at Designed to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most difficult cases, Best Hospitals 2022-23 includes consumer-friendly data and information on more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide in 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. In the 15 specialty areas, 164 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News & World Report recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals methodology evaluated each hospital’s performance using a variety of measures such as survival rates, complication rates, patient experience and level of nursing care. The Best Hospitals methodology factors in data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, professional organizations and medical specialists. For the first time this year, U.S. News rated eligible hospitals in ovarian cancer surgery, prostate cancer surgery and uterine cancer surgery.

“The hospitals named among the best have extensive medical expertise and a history of delivering good outcomes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “When patients and their medical professionals are considering their options for care, the rankings are designed to help them identify hospitals that are superior in the kind of care they may need.”


About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include a world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research and patient care.