A tradition of excellence

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital enjoys a long tradition of providing treatments and procedures for complex diseases not offered at other hospitals in the region.

  • The only hospital in Washington, DC designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation.
  • The Washington, DC areas only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. This designation has been maintained for more than 21 years.
  • The first and only non-specialty hospital in Washington, D.C. to earn the coveted “Magnet” status for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. MGUH has earned this designation which is awarded to hospitals with the highest nursing standards and patient outcomes three consecutive times and is currently applying for a fourth reaccreditation. Only one percent of the hospitals in the country have been redesignated three times.
  • In 2017, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will be the first hospital in the Washington, DC area to offer adult and pediatric proton therapy, precisely delivering radiation to a tumor while sparing adjacent healthy tissues. This precision reduces long-term side effects of treatment.

A new state-of-the-art medical/surgical pavilion

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is embarking on a critical and exciting path to advance healthcare delivery with a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet current need and address future healthcare demands as our population ages. As one of the leading hospitals in our region, we continuously strive to deliver the best experience to our patients, their families and visitors, as well as physicians and staff. These much needed building enhancements will allow us to build a facility that supports our continued focus on providing advancements in medical technology. Our plans include right-sizing spaces to more efficiently provide existing services and address current infrastructure that is aging, out-of-date and at maximum capacity.

This approximately 477,000 square foot Medical/Surgical Pavilion will house 156 private patient rooms, a new Emergency Department, larger operating rooms, a rooftop helipad with direct access to the Emergency Room and three levels of underground parking.

Transportation improvements

We have contracted with Wells and Associates for transportation and programmatic planning that will improve overall traffic safety, lessen congestion for neighborhood and on-campus users and achieve a measurable reduction in traffic from existing levels. A combination of circulation and demand management strategies will include: off-site parking relocation, dispersion of parking for clinical and ancillary services, reduction of impacts to Reservoir Road and improvement of pedestrian and cycling pathways.

Green space

The proposed plan more than doubles the existing green space, providing for open, attractive landscaping that offers the immediate community an appealing and charming landscape. In addition, we plan to relocate surface parking below-ground to maximize the landscaped area and improve the pedestrian experience.


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has assembled an award-winning team to bring our vision to reality with unparalleled expertise and a proven commitment to the Georgetown community.

Artist renderings

Project approvals

  • 2018

    January 26, 2018

    U.S. Commission of Fine Arts Approves Concept Design

  • 2017

    June 15, 2017

    Community input / approvals secured

  • 2016

    September 15, 2016

    Commission of Fine Art (CFA) approves project concept

    September 1, 2016

    Old Georgetown Board (OGB) approves project concept

    August 28, 2016

    ANC 2E votes to approve the project

    August 15, 2016

    ANC 3D votes to approve the project

    March 25, 2016

    DC State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) approves CON

  • 2015

    November 4, 2015

    Letter of support for MGUH’s CON from ANC2E

Fact sheet

Advancing medicine and the delivery of patient care

  • A New State-of-the-Art Medical/Surgical Pavilion

    • Setting the standard for patient care, the new facility will allow MGUH to meet both present and future healthcare demands.
    • The current infrastructure is aging, out-of-date and operating beyond maximum capacity.
    • Thousands of patients from our immediate zip code service area seek emergency and medical care here. In calendar year 2014 alone, MGUH treated 32,868 residents in the 20007 zip code, 23,085 in 20016 and 17,150 in 20008.
    • MGUH’s ER currently sees 36,000 patients per year, 5,000 of which are residents of the surrounding community. In the next ten years, studies demonstrate that our ER volume will naturally grow to approximately 42,000 annual visits.
    • A state-of-the-art facility will allow us to care for existing patients who are currently “boarding” in the hallways and eliminate the current double-occupancy patient rooms.
    • The way in which we deliver healthcare has changed over the years. The surgical pavilion will resolve the clinical and operational challenges we currently face given our existing floor plans and layouts for a facility built in the 1950s/60s/70s.
    • MGUH will invest over $560 million.
    • 156 new and private patient rooms in an unparalleled, modern and sustainable setting that will set the standard for patient care.
  • Offering World-Class Care

    • MGUH offers many services for complex diseases not offered at other area hospitals.
    • The Transplant Center for Children is the only facility of its type in the Washington, D.C. area.
    • MGUH is the only National Parkinson Foundation Designated Center of Excellence in the District of Columbia.
    • The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only designated NCI designated comprehensive Cancer Center in the D.C. area (only 41 in the country) and offers not only an array of standard treatments, but also advanced clinical trials for patients failing standard treatment.
    • The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program is the only adult academic program of its kind in the Washington, D.C. area. Patients have access to life-saving treatment options not otherwise available in our region.
  • Demonstrated Commitment to Reducing Traffic

    • MGUH has contracted with Wells and Associates so that there is a single traffic consultant working with the university and the hospital on transportation and programmatic planning that will result in a significant decrease from current levels of traffic to and from the hospital on Reservoir Road.
    • Over the last five years, we have moved 462 full-time associates and various outpatient services to off-campus sites, resulting in a reduction of approximately 72,000 annual visits to this campus by patients, families and associates.
  • Ambulance and Helicopter Traffic

    • Due to future population demands, over the next ten years, MedStar ambulance transports are projected to increase from 5.9 visits per day to 6.8 visits per day.
    • MGUH is working with campus planning and traffic experts to mitigate increased volume and provide for effective transportation pathways.
    • A rooftop helipad with direct access to the OR and ER will be constructed to address community concerns around noise.
  • Significant Economic Impact

    • The project will have an estimated $1.2 billion positive impact on the District of Columbia. It is estimated to cost approximately $560 million. 20% of the project will be supported by philanthropic investment from the community.
  • Commitment to the Community

    • Over the past two years, the senior project team has held and/or attended over 170 formal and informal meetings with Georgetown leaders, organizations and residents - totaling approximately 211 hours of meetings.
    • We are committed to working alongside the community to develop a project that meets the needs of our patients, our hospital and our neighbors.
    • Our full participation and transparency of action under the Georgetown Community Partnership demonstrates our eagerness to be working partners with both the community and University.
  • Community and Government Approvals Secured

    • Certificate of Need (CoN): Prior to proceeding with the development of a new healthcare facility, it is necessary to obtain a CoN that demonstrates public need for the new facility. The process is strictly about healthcare need and is completely separate from the process and role of the Zoning Commission. The application process allows considerable time for community and stakeholder review and input.
    • Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) & Old Georgetown Board (OGB): The OGB will conduct a design review according to requirements set forth by the Federal Government’s designation of Georgetown as a historic district. They will render a recommendation to the CFA, which in turn will either approve in concept or not approve in concept. CFA approval is necessary to obtain building permits.
    • Zoning Commission: The Zoning Commission is concerned with building growth and development within communities. The zoning process includes extensive public review and comment.