U.S. News & World Report has recognized The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) as a Best Hospital for 2020-2021, ranking it in 7th place out of more than 50 hospitals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which includes facilities in D.C. along with parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. GW Hospital’s ranking places it in the top 15 percent of regional hospitals.
In addition, GW Hospital achieved "high performing" status in the specialty area of Nephrology, as well as three common procedure areas including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Failure, and Lung Cancer Surgery. "High Performing" is the highest rating U.S. News awards for these types of care and recognizes areas that were significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. GW Hospital is one of less than three percent of hospitals evaluated that received a high-performing rating in a specialty. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.
"We are thrilled that GW Hospital’s excellent, high-quality care has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report," says Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW Hospital. "As an academic medical center, we are committed to constantly advancing our care so that we can help our patients achieve the best outcomes possible. These rankings are a testament to the dedication of our entire team to elevate healthcare in the nation’s capital. GW Hospital remains committed to continually advancing our care and to achieving our aspirations of being a healthcare leader both regionally and nationally."
The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, as well as 10 procedures and conditions. "At GW Hospital, our multidisciplinary care teams are dedicated to research and education in order to improve care, quality and outcomes," says Bruno Petinaux, MD, Chief Medical Officer at GW Hospital. "These recognitions by U.S. News which place us within the top 15 percent of hospitals in the region reflect the expertise, commitment and diligence of our care team to consistently improve and provide the highest quality care to our patients."
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume and quality of nursing among other care-related indicators.
Children’s National Hospital, GW Hospital’s NICU partner, was recently ranked the number one hospital in the country for neonatology by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to these recent U.S. News & World Report recognitions, GW Hospital also provides high-quality care in the region through its designation as Level I Trauma Center and designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center – one of less than three percent of U.S. hospitals.