D.C. Ranks First In The Nation For Its Ability To Support Emergency Patients

The District of Columbia earned the top spot in the American College of Emergency Physicians 2014 Report Card by having one of the strongest emergency care environments in the nation.

January 17, 2014

Emergency Physicians State-by-State Report Card Cites D.C.’s Emergency Care Environment as Stellar

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2014 - The District of Columbia earned the top spot in the American College of Emergency Physicians 2014 Report Card by having one of the strongest emergency care environments in the nation. The District ranked number one for providing patients with the best access to emergency medical services and also placed first for its commitment to disaster preparedness. D.C. finished with an overall grade of B-.The high percentage of top-notch specialists in the region also contributed to D.C. earning the top score.

“We’ve had success in retaining board certified emergency physicians, which benefits residents in the District, and those in the surrounding communities that we serve, said Bill Frohna, MD, FACEP, chair of Emergency Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “And with our emergency residency training program, we prepare the next generation of emergency physicians to continue to serve our communities and provide trusted, efficient, safe and thorough emergency care.”

The report card measured the conditions and policies in which emergency care is delivered, not the quality of care provided by hospitals and providers. The report recommended that the District work to improve wait times in hospital emergency departments and address the public health disparities in ethnic communities.

“This challenge is real, and every emergency department leader is working to improve the timeliness of the care of the patients we see,” said Dr. Frohna. “At the same time, our response should also include working to improve the overall health of the population.”

View D.C.’s report card

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, women’s services, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.​

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