About the Hospital

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A Tradition of Quality

When it comes to choosing a hospital, one thing is clear: quality counts. And a century-long tradition of providing medical care in a comfortable and convenient environment means peace of mind for the thousands of patients who are cared for by the doctors and nurses at The George Washington University Hospital each year.

Just minutes from Washington, D.C.'s tourist sites and government headquarters, The George Washington University Hospital serves a diverse group of patients — from area residents to visiting dignitaries and heads of state.

Current Hospital Building Opened in 2002

When the current George Washington University Hospital building opened in 2002, physicians and nurses at GW Hospital began treating patients in a technologically advanced hospital. With millions of dollars of medical equipment, and a completely wireless network, GW Hospital offers advanced and innovative healthcare in a warm, friendly environment.

Clinical Expertise

As a multidisciplinary, tertiary care hospital, The George Washington University Hospital offers many diverse services all in one central location. Physicians at GW are known for their clinical expertise in: 

  • Breast care services
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Robotic surgery
  • Women's Center

Primary care and specialty outpatient care are available through the Medical Faculty Associates — a multi-specialty physician practice group of more than 750 physicians covering 51 specialty and subspecialty areas. The Medical Faculty Associates' doctors have offices in the Ambulatory Care Center, an outpatient clinic building located one block from the hospital.

Hospital Management

Since July 1997, The George Washington University Hospital has been jointly owned and operated by a partnership between George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company that is one of the nation's largest healthcare management companies. Under the terms of this partnership, named The District Hospital Partners, LP, UHS holds an 80 percent interest and the University holds a 20 percent interest.

The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the District of Columbia Regulatory Affairs Department.

Contacting The George Washington University Hospital

For physician referrals and appointment information, call 1-888-4GW-DOCS.

For patient information including participating insurance plans, patient accommodations, directions and maps, please visit Patient Information.


The mission of The George Washington University Hospital is to provide high-quality healthcare, advanced technology and world class service to our patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research.


Together, we will pursue our passion for healing, discovering medical breakthroughs and improving lives. While developing tomorrow's leaders, we will earn our community's trust and recognition as the first choice for complex medical care.


We realize this vision through our commitment to the following principles:

  • Service excellence
  • Quality improvement
  • Employee development
  • Ethical and fair treatment
  • Teamwork, compassion and innovation


The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the District of Columbia Regulatory Affairs Department.