Washington Hospital Center
Washington Hospital Center is the largest private hospital in Washington, D.C.. It serves as a teaching hospital for Georgetown University School of Medicine. A member of MedStar Health, the not-for-profit Hospital Center is licensed for 926 beds and, on average, operates near capacity. Health services in primary, secondary and tertiary care are offered to adult and neonatal patients. The Hospital Center occupies a 47-acre (190,000 m 2) campus in Northwest Washington it shares with three other medical facilities. Immediately adjacent to the Washington Hospital Center are the National Rehabilitation Hospital and Children's National Medical Center (although Children's has satellite centers scattered across the city).

The Washington Heart program is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease; its angioplasty or cardiac catheterization has the largest volume of PCI cases in the nation within the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). One of the Washington area's first heart transplants was done at the Hospital Center on May 22, 1987. Washington Hospital Center is home to Washington's only 256-slice Cardiac CT scanner and has the only onsite 24/7 cardiac catheterization team in the region. Its Ventricular Assist Device program is certified by The Joint Commission. In addition to its cardiac care specialties, the Hospital Center is respected as a top facility in other areas including cancer, neurosciences, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrinology, women's services, transplantation and burn. Washington Hospital Center’s neurosciences program offers the full range of surgical and minimally invasive treatment and operates the first JCAHO-accredited Primary Stroke Center in the District. The Hospital Center is home to the region's adult burn center. The Washington Cancer Institute (WCI) is the District's largest cancer care provider, treating more cancer patients than any other program in the nation's capital. The Cancer Institute diagnosed more than 2,494 new cases during fiscal year 2008. There were more than 76,464 outpatient visits and more than 2,352 inpatient admissions during that period. WCI provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care including surgical, radiation, robotic and medical oncology services as well as counseling for patients and families, cancer education, community outreach program and clinical research trials. The Cancer Institute is home to the area's only Gamma Knife and also has the Trilogy Linear Accelerator. The Hospital Center's transplantation program ranks among the top five percent in the nation for patient outcomes and consistently exceeds the national average. The program for kidney, pancreas and heart is one of the busiest in the mid-Atlantic region. Perhaps the Hospital Center's most wide-reaching presence is its MedSTAR Transport air ambulance service, which, as of 2008 had carried nearly 50,000 patients since its inception in 1983. The American College of Surgeons consistently recognizes the MedSTAR Trauma program as one of the nation's best Level I shock/trauma units.

The Washington Hospital Center was founded in March 1958 when three specialty hospitals merged into one. On May 7, 1998, Medlantic Healthcare Group, the Hospital Center's not-for-profit parent company, merged with Helix Health, a group of four Baltimore, MD-based hospitals, making the combined company the largest health care provider in the mid-Atlantic region. Helix/Medlantic was renamed MedStar Health on February 1, 1999.

In fiscal year 2008, 44,598 inpatients were served"including 4,910 births"and 398,308 outpatients. The Hospital Center has a medical/dental staff of 1,598. A total of 21,763 cardiac catheterization procedures were performed during FY 2008. There were 1,814 open-heart surgeries and three heart transplants performed during the fiscal year. There were 86 kidney transplants, four combination kidney/pancreas transplants and one pancreas transplant performed during fiscal year 2008. There were 17,675 helicopter transports and 2445 trauma unit visits in FY 2008. There were 78,549 Emergency Department visits. The Hospital Center provided nearly $29 million in charity care during FY 2008.

In 2009-10, the Washington Hospital Center was named among “America’s Best Hospitals” for heart and heart surgery, ear, nose & throat, geriatric care and diabetes & endocrine disorders by U.S.News & World Report in the magazine’s 20th annual survey of 4,861 health care facilities. The Hospital Center was the only Washington hospital to be ranked in the areas of heart and heart surgery, diabetes & endocrine disorders, geriatrics, and ear, nose & throat disorders in 2009/10. Only 174 medical centers in the U.S. were ranked in one or more of 16 specialties designated in U.S.News & World Report's survey. In addition, Washington Hospital Center received a top rating score from Washington Consumers Checkbook.

ER One
ER One is a prototype hospital envisioned for the Washington D.C. area. The hospital is an all-scenarios facility, designed to handle, for example, a huge influx of contaminated patients from a terrorist attack. Additionally, ER One is a research facility, not just for doing research in the traditional hospital research sense, but as a prototype hospital, in order to research the very design of hospitals. Design elements include mass decontamination, surge capacity, and preparedness for other emergencies such as an outbreak of bird flu.

The Washington Hospital Center's homegrown Azyxxi healthcare software was purchased by Microsoft in July 2006.


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