The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) is proud to have achieved the prestigious Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Center of Excellence (COE) designation. GW Hospital is one of only 70 hospitals worldwide to hold this designation. The SOAP Center of Excellence designation recognizes institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care, sets a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally, and provides a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care.
“We are thrilled to achieve this prominent and rare designation, signifying our commitment to the highest quality obstetric anesthesia care,” says Kimberly Russo, MBA, MS, Chief Executive Officer of The George Washington University Hospital and Group Vice President of the Washington, DC Region. “This notable designation reflects our comprehensive team’s expertise and dedication to providing care that is considered among the best in the world. I am so proud of our team as we work to continually provide the highest standard of care to our patients.”
The criteria for the COE designation cover various domains including personnel and staffing; equipment, protocols, and policies; simulation and team training; obstetric emergency management; cesarean delivery and labor analgesia care; recommendations and guidelines implementation; and quality assurance and patient follow-up systems. The criteria for the SOAP COE designation, which covers all aspects of obstetric anesthesia care, were generated by expert consensus and incorporate evidence-based recommendations.
“As an academic medical center, we are committed to advancing medicine based on the latest in evidence-based care,” says Christopher Jackson, MD, Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology at GW Hospital. “Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team is honored to receive this award acknowledging our ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients.”
In addition to this recognition, this past year, GW Hospital was recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in the Washington, DC region for 2020-2021.