Each year more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, causing one out of every 20 deaths in this country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only is stroke the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also the leading cause of adult disability.

Medical professionals at the George Washington University Hospital provide fast and efficient stroke care, helping patients reach a better outcome after suffering a stroke emergency. They are recognized as leaders in stroke care through their efforts in promoting stroke prevention and practicing quality stroke treatment.

Awards and Accreditation

2014 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll

The George Washington University Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines SM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Target: Stroke Honor Roll represents giving eligible stroke patients the clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.

Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

GW Hospital has achieved accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from the Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Less than two percent of hospitals nationwide are certified as Comprehensive Stroke Centers. GW Hospital is only the 97th hospital in the country to achieve this accreditation.

Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center means that the organization has met The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, making it part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care. These hospitals have advanced infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.

Defining Medicine With High-Quality Stroke Care

The George Washington University Hospital achieves between 90 and 100 percent compliance with all measures.

The George Washington University Hospital has a less-than-2-percent complication rate from tPA.