U.S. News Stroke Scorecard

(Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.)

MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Overall Rating  High Performing
Survival Excellent
Discharge patients to home Excellent
Reperfusion therapy >10%
Number of patients Very High
Nurse staffing  Very High
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Specialists Yes
Public transparency Yes

Quality Indicators

  • Survival: Relative survival 30 days after hospitalization for stroke, compared to other hospitals treating similar patients.
  • Discharging patients directly to home: How often patients can go directly home from the hospital rather than being discharged to another facility. Recovery at home is preferred by most patients and families.
  • Reperfusion therapy: Percentage of stroke patients treated with reperfusion therapy (Greater than 10% = Above average amount of therapy provided). This measure quantifies how often the hospital provided time-sensitive medical intervention such as intravenous tissue plasminogen activator or mechanical thrombectomy.
  • Number of patients: Relative volume of Medicare inpatients age 65 and over who had this procedure or condition in 2015-2019. Higher volume is associated with better outcomes.
  • Nurse staffing: More nursing care per patient is associated with better outcomes and better patient experience.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Specialists: Whether the hospital has at least one adult intensive-care unit staffed by a doctor specifically certified or trained to care for ICU patients.
  • Public transparency: Whether hospital publicly shared its stroke data through the American Heart Association. Hospitals participating in transparency programs foster sharing of data and adoption of best practices.

*Source: U.S. News

Stroke Volume

MedStar Washington Hospital Center: Stroke Volume 2019
Patient Type # of Admission
Ischemic Stroke 551
Intracerebral Hemorrhage 188
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage 100
Transient Ischemic Attack 134
Total 973

The Joint Commission collaborates with the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) to develop performance measures for Primary Stroke Centers, the first advanced-level certification program that is designed to recognize primary stroke centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patient care. MedStar Washington Hospital Center has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award for 5 consecutive years by reaching the goal of treating stroke patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care.

Stroke National Performance Measures

2019 AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines Data for MedStar Washington
Stroke Performance Measures Compliance Rate*
Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis 98.6
Antithrombotic Prescribed at Discharge 99.6
Anticoagulant Prescribed at Discharge for Afib 100
tPA Given Within 3 hours for Acute Stroke 97.4
Antithrombotic Prescribed by Day 2 96.6
Statin Prescribed at Discharge 98.3
Stroke Education 97.6
Assessed for Rehabilitation 99.4
*National Target Rate is greater than 85% Compliance


Additional stroke performance measures for procedures and interventions at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2019):

  • Serious complication rates for carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting are better than the national benchmark (<6% for symptomatic ICA stenosis and <3% for asymptomatic ICA stenosis).
  • Serious complication rates for diagnostic cerebral angiogram are better than the national benchmark (<1%).