Awards and Accreditations

Bariatric Surgery

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.

2010 Outstanding Achievement Award Granted to GW Hospital
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2010 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 six standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity to include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation with Commendation
GW’s cancer program received a three Accreditation with Commendation in September 2010.

Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers®
March 2008--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

Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield Designates GW Hospital a “Blue Distinction Center”
January 2009
— GW Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for meeting or exceeding certain criteria established by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. These criteria demonstrate reliability in delivering cardiac care and better overall outcomes for patients.

Hospital Leadership

AHA 2008 Grassroots Champion
April 14, 2008
—Richard Davis, GW Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer, was named American Hospital Association’s 2008 Grassroots Champion. The award honors a hospital leader who has effectively educated public officials on major issues affecting the hospital’s vital role in the community. His work regarding uncompensated care and analysis has proven to be invaluable to healthcare in the District.

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).

Marketing and Communications

2012 The International Davey Awards

  • GW Robotic Surgery Television Commercial—Silver Award
  • GW Gastric Bypass Radio Commerical—Silver Award

2011 The International Davey Awards

  • GW Robotic Surgery Television Commercial—Silver Award
  • New Movers Direct Mail Campaign—Silver Award

2011 Cardiovascular Advertising Awards

  • GW Hospital Cardiovascular Center, Outdoor Transit —Gold Award

2011 Generations Awards

  • Senior Advantage News  —Platinum Award

8th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards

  • GW Hospital Cardiovascular Center, Outdoor Transit —Gold Award

2012 MarCom Awards

  • International Institute for Robotic Surgery TV Commercial Single Spot—Platinum Award
  • International Institute for Robotic Surgery Website—Gold Award
  • International Institute for Robotic Surgery Website Design—Gold Award

2011 MarCom Awards

  • GW Center for Robotic Surgery Television Commercial—Platinum Award
  • I Choose GW, Employee Publication—Platinum Award
  • Health News: Robotic Surgery 3-D Edition, Consumer Magazine—Gold Award

Videographer Awards

  • GW Center for Robotic Surgery Television Commercial—Award of Excellence

Communicator Awards

  • Cardiovascular Metrorail Advertising Campaign —Award of Distinction, 2011
  • Spine Center Radio Commercial—Award of Distinction
  • Pelvic Floor Center Radio Commercial—Award of Distinction

Aster Awards

  • GW Spine Center Radio Advertising Surgery—Gold Award
  • I Choose GW, Internal Publication—Gold Award

Ava Awards (2010)

  • GW Center for Robotic Surgery, Television Commercial —Platinum Award
  • I Choose GW, Internal Publication—Gold Award

Davey Awards (2010)

  • GW Center for Robotic Surgery, Television Commercial —Platinum Award
  • GW Spine Center, Radio Commercial —Gold Award

27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards

  • Health News Magazine, Minimally Invasive Surgery—Gold Award
  • GW Spine Center Radio Commercial—Merit Award

Hermes Creative Awards

  • I Choose GW, Internal Campaign—Platinum Award
  • GW Spine Center, Advertising / Radio Spot—Gold Award
  • GW Pelvic Floor Center, Advertising/Radio Spot—Honorable Mention

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 a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has designated The George Washington University Hospital a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM, part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s expansion of its Blue Distinction®  designation.

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 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 Joint Commission and 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.

Spine Surgery

Aetna Institutes of Quality (IOQ) for Orthopedic Surgery: Spine Surgery
Designated IOQ facilities demonstrate excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement and represent an exceptional value to patients.

Stroke Center

Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission
The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers 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 2011 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Award
The George Washington University Hospital has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–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.

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