When Lexington Medical Center says it’s one of the best hospitals in the state, it can back it up.
In the recently released U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings for 2022-23, the hospital in West Columbia was tied for No. 2 in South Carolina with Charleston’s Roper Hospital. The No. 1 hospital in the state was also from Charleston, as MUSC Health-University Medical Center. topped the list.
Lexington Medical Center is listed as the No. 1 hospital in the Midlands, and no other hospital from the area ranked among the state’s top hospitals.
“Recognition as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report reflects our dedication to delivering advanced medicine and state-of-the-art treatments to promote the health and well-being of our patients and their families. Achieving this prestigious ranking takes years of collaboration and innovation among specialties and providers throughout our organization,” Dr. Brent M. Powers, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Lexington Medical Center, says in a statement. “We are proud of our exceptional physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff for their continued commitment to providing quality health services that meet the needs of our communities.”
The West Columbia hospital is rated as “high performing” in 11 procedures/conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, diabetes, colon cancer surgery, kidney failure, back surgery (spinal fusion), stroke, hip fracture, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“U.S. News estimates that nearly two million hospital inpatients a year face the prospect of surgery or special care that poses either unusual technical challenges or significantly heightened risk of death or harm because of age, physical condition or existing conditions,” the outlet writes. “The rankings are a tool that can help these patients find sources of skilled inpatient care.”
While both MUSC Health-University Medical Center (six) and Roper (one) were nationally ranked in some individual specialties, Lexington Medical Center was not.
Other hospitals in the Columbia area were rated as high performing in multiple areas, including USC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown (five), Prisma Health Baptist (five), Prisma Health Richland (five) and Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge (two).
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