Awards and Recognitions


2015 DCHA Patient Safety Award

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Ebola Response Team has been honored with the 2015 Patient Safety Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA). The award recognizes the team’s outstanding efforts in its Ebola-related plans and training to care for potential or confirmed patients with the Ebola virus.

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U.S.News & World ​Re​port's "Best Hospitals"

For the third year in a row, MedStar Washington Hospital Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the only hospital in the Washington region with a nationally ranked heart program. The 2015-16 U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings identify hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging medical conditions. This marks the 19th year that the Hospital Center has been nationally ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News. This year, less than three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed for the Best Hospitals listing earned national ranking in even one specialty.

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Becker's 100 Great Hospital in America 2015

Becker's Hospital Review has named MedStar Washington Hospital Center to its 2015 list of "100 Great Hospitals in America,” a compilation of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health-care facilities in the nation.

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Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health

The Washington Women’s Wellness Center and the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery have become the first and only obstetrics and gynecology offices in the District of Columbia to receive the SCOPE certification from the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG). The Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) certification for Women's Health is a recognition awarded to medical practices that are leaders in delivering the best possible care to women.

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The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

The Stroke Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has achieved the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission. It is the first and only medical institution in the Washington region to receive the designation.

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2014 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll

For the fifth consecutive year, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Stroke Center with its 2014 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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2014 Washingtonian "Best Doctors"

Washingtonian recently announced its “Top Doctors” for 2014, and 193 physicians from MedStar Washington Hospital Center were named among the region’s best!

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Quality Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is one of three hospitals in the District to receive the 2013 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation. The foundation only bestows this honor on hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement in four clinical areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Recipients of this award must achieve or exceed a 90% individual performance rate across 14 measures across all four quarters of 2012 and have aggregate performance rate above 96% for the four quarters as well.


Society of T​horacic Surgeons Highest 3-Star Rating for Heart Surgery Program

For the seventh year in a row, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has recognized the cardiac surgery program at MedStar Heart Institute with the highest rating: three stars.

This rating once again places MedStar Heart Institute, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, among the top surgical heart programs in the country. Only 10 percent of hospitals achieve the coveted three-star rating. Clinicians nationwide widely regard the rating as the gold standard by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs.​


Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation named MedStar Washington Hospital Center among the "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2013 report.

The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.​


American College of Surgeons' Commission on

MedStar Washington Hospital Center's cancer program received a full, three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and are able to comply with established CoC standards.

View the Commission on Cancer's website.​


ACR and ASTRO R​adiation Oncology Accreditation

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) awarded MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Radiation Oncology Department with its three-year accreditation. The department is one of only two in Washington to earn this prestigious recognition.​

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American Society of Cl​inical Oncology's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative

Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is one of the first oncology programs in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program is a new initiative developed to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care. It recognizes oncology practices that meet or exceed QOPI standards for more than 24 selected measures for cancer care, and additionally, show evidence of meeting 17 specific chemotherapy safety standards.​

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients.​


Teen Parent Program Earns Prestigious DCHA Community Service Award

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting, or TAPP, has received the 2013 Haynes Rice Community Service Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association.

The Haynes Rice Community Service Award recognizes individuals or organizations for meritorious service to improve the health status of the communities it serves, by demonstrating leadership to solve problems and overcome barriers to cooperative action.

Founded in 1999, TAPP is a comprehensive youth program that guides teens through their pregnancy and beyond. It has served more than 2,000 teens under the age of 18, and provided them with high-quality clinical and social support to in order to prevent subsequent unintended pregnancies.​

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2012 Best Radiology Facilities in the C​​ountry

Congratulations to the Radiology team, named by Imaging Economics as one of the 2012 Best Radiology Facilities in the country. For more information, please visit


The Medical H​ouse Call Program Received the Leadership in Aging Award from Seabury Resources for Aging

The Medical House Call program received the Leadership in Aging Award from Seabury Resources for Aging. The award recognizes community and national leaders who have provided leadership in improving the quality of life for older adults in the greater Washington, D.C. area. For more information, please visit


The Joint Com​mission's Disease Certification for Ventricular Assist Devices

Surveyors from The Joint Commission's Disease Certification for Ventricular Assist Devices cited two best practices during the biennial VAD survey, the dressing change module and the emergency medical system (EMS) color-coding response. Full accreditation was given, with no recommendations for improvement from the surveyors.​


MedStar Washington Ho​​spital Center Named NAFC Center of Excellence

The National Association for Continence (NAFC) designated the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a Center of Excellence.

The Hospital Center is the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to receive this designation. It joins the ranks of Cleveland Clinic, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Virginia Mason in Seattle and several other academic hospitals.

This honor will be designated for three years before renewal is necessary.​


National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers


2011 NICHE De​signation


2013 Am​erican Stroke Association's Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award


2009 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


Consumers' Checkbook Magazine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center received a 98 percent rating for complex medical care for adults. The Hospital Center is one of four Washington area hospitals that rated most favorably compared to national standards for mortality rates.

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