Charleston, SC (March 21, 2022) – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center, which are part of Trident Health, have been named among  America’s 250 Best Hospitals™, placing them in the Top 5% of hospitals in the country and overall leaders in clinical excellence, according to Healthgrades.

“The recognition is evidence of the commitment to compassionate care to our patients from our medical staff of more than 600 physicians and our more than 3,000 other clinicians,” explained Christina Oh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Health, which includes 321-bed Trident Medical Center, 124-bed Summerville Medical Center and three freestanding ERs – Brighton Park Emergency, Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center.  Last year, nearly 300,000 patients in South Carolina’s Lowcountry received care at a Trident Health facility.

Jeff Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Summerville Medical Center, said, ““We are extremely honored to be recognized among the nation’s best healthcare institutions by Healthgrades. Throughout the pandemic our commitment to improving lives and providing our community healthier tomorrows has never faltered.  I thank each of our colleagues who work tirelessly to make a genuine difference in the health and well-being of every patient and family we serve.”


Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals – with data insights not available anywhere else. To assess overall hospital performance, Healthgrades reviewed outcomes across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions.  Recipients of this award have consistently delivered better than expected outcomes for their patients.


America’s 250 Best Hospital award recipients are making an impact. From 2018-2020, patients treated in hospitals achieving this Healthgrades recognition on average had a 27.8 percent lower risk of dying than if they 

were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 17 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. In fact, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center and other 2022 Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals, 160,256 lives could potentially have been saved from 2018-2020.*

“It is a great achievement to be awarded as one of Healthgrades’ America’s 250 Best Hospitals,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Now more than ever, patients are learning the importance of taking control of their health and using resources like Healthgrades to find the perfect hospital and caregiver match. We commend Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center for providing superior service and committing themselves to keeping their communities safe.”

Surgeon Neil McDevitt, MD, with Coastal Carolina Bariatric and Surgical Center has practiced at Summerville Medical Center for more than 10 years.  He said, “It was never a surprise to see Summerville Medical Center achieve so many quality accolades.  It is that rare blend of being small enough to be personable while being large enough to be technically advanced that was and remains the reason I placed my practice here for the last 11 years.”

Thomas Litton, MD, a general surgeon with Tri-County Surgical Associates, has served on the medical staff at Trident Medical Center for more than 30 years.  “It’s important to be able to support our message of quality care with data, that according to Healthgrades, saves and improves lives.  I have always had confidence that my surgical patients at Trident Medical Center receive the highest quality of care from the operating room through discharge, and it’s gratifying to have our caregivers recognized for this.”

Matthew Madden, MD, Trident Health Chief of Staff added, “To earn the recognition during COVID is especially satisfying.  It’s a testament that we stayed focused, as we always are, on quality and providing compassionate care to our patients.”

With tools like hospital ratings and awards, Healthgrades helps consumers make confident healthcare decisions by enabling the evaluation and comparison of hospital performance to find the highest quality care. Visit for an in-depth look at Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center’s performance and profile to explore the highest quality care in Charleston, SC today. Consumers can also visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, and access the complete methodology here.

 *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.