S.C. hospitals make national list of top-ranked heart programs

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Jan. 21, 2014

Three S.C. hospitals — two in the Lowcountry and one in the Upstate — were included on a cardiovascular services list by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Becker’s chose the Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Medical Center and AnMed Health in Anderson for its 2014 list of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.”

MUSC was included on the list for being the state’s only full-service heart and vascular center and for completing the first heart transplant in South Carolina more than 20 years ago, Becker’s said.

"It is a great honor to be named to this prestigious group, which includes the premier cardiovascular health institutions in the country. This award reflects the ongoing hard work put forth by many individuals resulting in our ability to offer comprehensive and truly outstanding care to citizens of the Lowcountry and beyond,” said Dr. John Ikonomidis, chief of MUSC’s division of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the heart and vascular service line.

Trident Medical’s Heart Center was recognized because its cardiac intensive care ensures “the best outcomes for patients at any level of illness.”

“Over the last several years, our heart program has achieved some of the highest patient quality marks in the nation. This is a direct result of the high level of care our physicians and staff provide Trident’s patients on a daily basis,” said Allison Walters, assistant vice president of cardiac services at Trident Health, in a statement.

AnMed Health’s Heart and Vascular Center was chosen because it “offers comprehensive cardiac services, cardiac rehabilitation and access to cardiovascular research trials,” according to the list.

Becker’s noted that all three S.C. organizations have received recognition from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the American College of Cardiology.

Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication, does not allow hospitals to pay to be included on the list.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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