U.S. News & World Report has recognized The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) as a Best Hospital for 2019-2020, ranking it among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. GW Hospital achieved fifth place out of more than 50 hospitals in the D.C. region, which includes facilities in D.C. along with parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
In addition, GW Hospital achieved “High Performing” status in five specialty and common procedure areas, including cancer, nephrology, 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. Fewer than one third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high-performing ratings across multiple areas of care.
“GW Hospital is proud to have served as a pillar of the D.C. healthcare community for decades. These rankings reflect our commitment to excellence and to meeting our mission of providing the highest quality healthcare to the region,” says Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of GW Hospital. “I want to thank all our compassionate caregivers for their dedication to serving our patients. As we have for decades, GW Hospital will continue to invest in our talented team, technology and capabilities to elevate healthcare for the D.C. community.”
The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 30th year, 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 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions.
“As an academic medical center, GW Hospital is committed to providing evidence-based, quality care with an emphasis on education and research,” says Bruno Petinaux, MD, Chief Medical Officer of GW Hospital. “Achieving high-performing status in these specialty and common areas reflects the ongoing dedication of our teams to constantly advance the level and quality of care we provide 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.
In addition to these recent U.S. News & World Report recognitions, GW Hospital was recently awarded the highest stroke award possible from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. GW Hospital also serves the region as a designated Level I Trauma Center and a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center — one of less than three percent of U.S. hospitals.