Awards and Accreditations

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Accreditation
The George Washington University Hospital's weight loss surgery program earned its reaccreditation (2014) for a three-year term in conjunction with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world.

Center of Excellence
GW Hospital is accredited as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Cancer Treatment

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The GW Breast Center has been awarded Center of Excellence status by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. The MRI is accredited by the American College of Radiology specifically for breast imaging.

Breast Center Accreditation
The George Washington University Hospital Breast Care Center has been awarded a full accreditation designation for three years by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care, and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

2013 Outstanding Achievement Award Granted to GW Hospital
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award to George Washington University Hospital's Cancer Center, making it part of a select group of currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity. These include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical management and quality improvement. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 27 cancer program standards.

Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation with Commendation
GW’s cancer program received a three-year Accreditation with Commendation in September 2013.

Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers®
March 2014 — GW Hospital has been designated a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers®. The designation focuses on the following 13 cancers: bladder cancer, brain cancer—primary, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer—primary, pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer, acute leukemia (inpatient, non-surgical), bone cancer—primary, head and neck cancers, ocular melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma and thyroid cancer—medullary or anaplastic. Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers were developed in strategic collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

Cardiovascular

Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Care
January 2011 —
George Washington University Hospital met Aetna criteria, based on evaluation of clinical performance and overall value of the facility, and is now designated as an Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Care for:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Medical Interventions
  • Cardiac Rhythm Disorders

Hospital Leadership

COO Kimberly Russo Named Modern Healthcare "Up and Comer"
September 13, 2010
— Kimberly Russo, Chief Operating Officer at The George Washington University Hospital, has been recognized as an "Up and Comer" in the September 13, 2010 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. The "Up and Comers" program, co-sponsored by Witt/Kieffer, honors rising young stars who have made "significant contributions in healthcare administration, management or policy.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, The George Washington University Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™. The Joint Commission's on-site survey of GW Hospital occurred in April 2010 where it was found to have met the requirements for the Hospital Accreditation Program.

Laboratory

January 2011 — GW Hospital's laboratory is re-accredited from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

NEUROLOGY

The George Washington University Hospital has been recognized as a "Level 4 Epilepsy Center" (2014) by The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 is the highest distinction awarded by the NAEC.

OB/GYN

The George Washington University Hospital has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)™ by AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists), (2013) an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology. COEMIG designation requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as its staff’s education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts. Physicians who earn COEMIG designation must meet stringent criteria based on their individual expertise and experience.

Organ Donation

Regional Transplant Consortium Award
February 21, 2008
— The George Washington University Hospital has been acknowledged for the first time by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its leadership role in organ donation. As part of the HHS Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, the Hospital has achieved an organ donation rate of 75%; the national average rate is 60%.

Orthopaedics/Joint Replacement Center

GW Hospital Designated an Aetna Institute Of Quality In Spine Surgery
The George Washington University Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® in the area of spine surgery (2013). Designated an Institute Of Quality facility demonstrates excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement, and represent an exceptional value to Aetna members.

GW Hospital Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility
GW Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement and spine surgery. Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. GW Hospital was selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

Patient Safety

DC Hospital Association Patient Safety Award
The District of Columbia Hospital Association awarded the 2012 DCHA Patient Safety Award to The George Washington University Hospital. The prestigious award recognizes individuals or teams from a DCHA member who demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving the culture of safety in an institution.

DC Hospital Association Patient Safety Award
The George Washington University Hospital was one of three hospitals in the District of Columbia to receive the DC Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Award for speedy, 24 hours a day/7 days a week coverage for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a type of heart attack.

Rehabilitation Services

CARF Accredited
GW Rehabilitation Services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for medical rehabilitation and stroke rehabilitation services.

Sleep Center

The GW Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Stroke Center

Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission
The Joint Commission awarded The George Washington University Hospital a two-year Certificate of Distinction as an advanced Primary Stroke Center, recognizing us as a center that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to your community that the quality care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

GW Hospital Receives 2013 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Award
The George Washington University Hospital has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines™ – Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

TRAUMA AND CRITICAL CARE

The George Washington University Hospital has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center (2014) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for its expertise in providing high quality trauma care. Being verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center means GW Hospital is equipped to handle the most critically injured patients, and has met the highest standards for trauma care, education and research

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