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Washington Hospital Center is the largest private hospital in the nation’s capital. A member of MedStar Health, the not-for-profit Hospital Center is licensed for 907 beds and, on average, operates at near capacity. Health services in primary, secondary and tertiary care are offered to adult and neonatal patients. Founded in March 1958 when three specialty hospitals merged into one, the Hospital Center occupies a 47-acre campus in Northwest Washington it shares with three other medical facilities. In fiscal year 2005, 46,805 inpatients were served –including 4,365 births– and 358,351 outpatients. The Hospital Center has a medical/dental staff of 1,578. The Hospital Center employs one of the region’s most experienced surgical staff and is home to one of the nation’s top cardiovascular programs. The Hospital Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory is one of the busiest in the country. A total of 19,017 cardiac catheterizations were performed during FY 2005. There were 2,036 open-heart surgeries and three heart transplants performed during the fiscal year. One of the Washington area’s first heart transplants was done at the Hospital Center on May 22,1987. 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. U.S.News & World Report in 2005 named the Hospital Center as one of the best hospitals nationwide for heart and heart surgery and hormonal disorders. The adult burn center is the most advanced in the area and the Hospital Center’s intensive care tower combines the latest medical equipment and highly trained specialists to provide care following severe injury, major surgery or serious illness. 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 2,600 new cases during fiscal year 2005. There were more than 84,160 outpatient visits and more than 2,305 inpatient admissions during that period. WCI provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care including surgical, radiation and medical oncology services as well as counseling for patients and families, cancer education, community outreach program and clinical research trials. The Center for Breast Health saw an estimated 15,186 patients during fiscal year 2005. The Hospital Center’s transplant center ranks among the top five percent in the nation for patient outcomes; the program for kidney, pancreas and heart is one of the busiest on the East Coast. There were 126 kidney transplants performed during the past fiscal year along with three combination kidney/pancreas transplants. Outcomes for kidney transplants performed at the Hospital Center consistently exceed the national average. Perhaps the Hospital Center’s most wide-reaching presence is its MedSTAR Transport medevac helicopter service, which has carried 36,502 patients with a perfect safety record 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. There were 3,474 helicopter transports and 1,183 trauma unit visits in FY 2005. There were 69,165 Emergency Department visits, including 18,459 admissions. The Hospital Center provided over $31.3 million in charity care during FY 2005. 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.
Location: Washington Hospital Center 110 Irving Street NW · Washington, DC 20010 USA Phone: (202) 877-7000

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