Awards and Accreditations

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Accreditation (2014)
The weight-loss surgery program at The George Washington University Hospital received reaccreditation for three years by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world.

Cancer Treatment

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (2014)
The GW Comprehensive Breast Center has been awarded Center of Excellence status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), signifying that the center has earned accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. The center's Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) program is accredited by the American College of Radiology specifically for breast imaging.

Breast Center Accreditation (2014)
The GW Comprehensive Breast Care Center has been awarded full accreditation 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.

Outstanding Achievement Award Granted to GW Hospital (2013)
The Cancer Center at GW Hospital received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The award makes GW Hospital part of a select group of accredited cancer programs across the United States that have received this honor. The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) was established in 2004 to recognize cancer programs that work to achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients by demonstrating commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity, and have a compliance rating for the remaining 27 cancer program standards.

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

Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers® (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).


Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Care (2011)
GW 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 and Its Leadership

COO Kimberly Russo Named Modern Healthcare "Up and Comer" (2010)
Kimberly Russo, Chief Operating Officer at GW 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.

DCHA Environmental Excellence Award (2014)

GW Hospital was awarded the DCHA Environmental Excellence Award by the D.C. Hospital Association. 

Ranked as 'High-Performing' by U.S. News & World Report (2014)

GW Hospital was ranked as 'High-Performing' in the areas of cancer, nephrology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. 

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, GW 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.


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


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


GW Hospital has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)™ by AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists), 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. (2013)

Organ Donation

Regional Transplant Consortium Award (2008)
GW 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, GW 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 (2013)
GW Hospital has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® in the area of spine surgery. 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 (2012)
The District of Columbia Hospital Association awarded the 2012 DCHA Patient Safety Award to GW 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
GW 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.

'B' Safety Rating (2014)

GW Hospital earned a 'B' safety rating by the Hospital Safety Score, a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group. The GW Hospital safety rating was the highest of all hospitals in D.C.

Rehabilitation Services

CARF Accredited (2014)
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 GW 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
GW 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.

GW Hospital Receives 2014 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement and Quality with Target Stroke Honor Roll Award 

GW Hospital was recognized by the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association with the 'Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement' and the 'Quality with Target Stroke Honor Roll Award." These recognitions are given in part by the American Heart Association under the basis of demonstrated adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke.


GW Hospital gained membership to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for kidney transplants. (2014)


GW Hospital has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center 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. (2014)

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