James Benner, MDCharleston, SC  (June 3, 2020) – Trident Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.
Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon James Benner, MD is the medical director of Trident Medical Center’s vascular surgery program.  About the Top 50 designation he said, “To be named among the nation’s Top 50 vascular surgery programs is a testament to the attention to detail of every member of our team.  For us, vascular disease means our patient’s quality of life is impaired and we have an opportunity to help.  Seeing our patients walk again, enjoying their grandchildren or having a restful night’s sleep is our reward.”
The achievement identified the Trident Medical Center’s superior clinical outcomes in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, carotid surgery and peripheral vascular bypass surgery.  The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers.
“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”
Trident Medical Center was also recognized for additional clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient Carotid Procedures
  • Five-Star Recipient Pacemaker Procedures
  • Five-Star Recipient Treatment of Sepsis
  • Five-Star Recipient Treatment of Stroke
And, in April The Leapfrog Group awarded the hospital its third consecutive ‘A’ grade for Patient Safety.
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.
Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.
View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at
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Rod Whiting, Vice President
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