From the CEO
The George Washington University Hospital is once again expanding its scope of services. We’ll soon be able to perform all aspects of kidney and pancreas donation and transplant to help the growing number of people requiring a total system of transplant care in the District of Columbia. This is the latest accomplishment that places us above and beyond the capabilities of many other hospitals.
GW Hospital is nationally certified as a Level I Trauma Center, which means we’re equipped to handle the most time-sensitive, critically ill patients. We’ve been named a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG™) with three faculty members named COEMIG designees. The Cancer Program has earned another three-year Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. After its biennial review of our Stroke Program, The Joint Commission recommended continued certification as a Primary Stroke Center. And, we’ve earned re-accreditation under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
I’m proud to be a part of an organization like ours, where every nurse, technician, physician and administrator is committed to exceeding the patient care goals required for these honorable titles. And where advanced science and technology go hand-in-hand with a genuine compassion for our patients.
Enjoy reading more of what makes GW Hospital unique in this issue of Health News.
Barry A. Wolfman
Chief Executive Officer
Help for a Hero
When John Ravinskas, a retired police sergeant and first responder at the Pentagon on 9/11, was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma on his tongue, he and his wife Vikki steered away from traditional therapy to avoid the possible adverse effects of radiation. After undergoing transoral robotic surgery at GW Hospital, John was back to himself quickly, including eating popcorn the day he came home. “There’s no doubt in my mind; GW’s amazing staff saved his life,” says Vikki.