Washington Hospital Center
Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit, 926-bed, teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private hospital in the nation's capital and among the 50 largest hospitals in the country. Founded in 1958 when three specialty hospitals merged to form a single institution, the Washington Hospital Center offers primary, secondary and tertiary health services to adult and neonatal patients. It shares a 47-acre campus with three medical facilities in Northwest Washington, D.C.
The Washington Heart program is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. One of the D.C. area's first heart transplants was done at the Hospital Center on May 22, 1987. Washington Hospital Center is home to D.C.'s only 256-slice cardiac CT scanner and has the only 24/7 onsite cardiac catheterization team in the region.
In addition to its cardiac care specialties, the Hospital Center is respected as a top facility in other areas including cancer, neuroscience, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrinology, women's services, transplantation and burns. MedStar 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 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 transplant 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.
Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan D.C. area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.
Children’s internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, the nation and the world. Serving as an advocate for all children, Children’s is the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia, providing more than $50 million in uncompensated care. In addition, Children's serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.
Children’s National Medical Center is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and by the Leapfrog Group, and has received Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.