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Awards and accreditation

U.S. News and World Report

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is rated as high performing in six adult specialties and five procedures and conditions by U.S. News and World Report.

Adult specialties

  • Cancer
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Urology

Procedure and conditions

  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center in the Washington, D.C., area. NCI recognizes centers with this distinction that meet rigorous standards and excel in laboratory science, clinical research and population-based programs, along with robust translational research that bridges these areas. It also demonstrates expansive public education and outreach capabilities which focus on the community. Award received since 1974.

Newsweek Best Maternity Hospitals 2020 awards

Newsweek Best Maternity Hospitals

MedStar Georgetown has been nationally recognized as one of the Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the United States by Newsweek and The Leapfrog Group. The list recognizes facilities that have excellence in providing care to mothers, newborns, and their families as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. MedStar Georgetown is the only Hospital in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD., and Fairfax County, VA., to earn this ranking.


Magnet Nursing Status

MedStar Georgetown was the first hospital in the nation's capital to achieve Magnet® Recognition, a prestigious status granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for demonstrating excellence in nursing care, innovative professional nursing practice, and nursing satisfaction. We were successfully re-designated in 2008, 2013, and 2018. We are proud to be part of the elite community of Magnet-recognized hospitals, which represent fewer than eight percent of hospitals across the nation.


First Patient Blood Management Certification

MedStar Georgetown the first hospital in the United States to receive a prestigious recognition of excellence in patient blood management by The Joint Commission and AABB.

The certification provides a third-party review and evaluation of patient blood management, based on AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program. AABB is an international association of professionals working in transfusion and cellular therapies. This certification is an evidence-based approach to providing the best care to patients who might need transfusions.

Award received in 2017.

AMSN PRISM Award 2017 - 2020 Recipient


The Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg (PRISM) Award provides special recognition to the medical-surgical units that consistently demonstrate exceptional nursing practice, effective leadership, a healthy practice environment, and evidence-based, positive clinical outcomes. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

Our C6-2 inpatient medical/surgical unit is the first unit in the District of Columbia to receive this prestigious honor.

AACN Beacon Award for Excellence

Beacon Award

Five units at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital have been recognized with the Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to include the Thoracic Intermediate Care Unit (IMC), the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and two other IMCs. These units have been recognized for showcasing exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment. Beacon awardees set the standard for excellence in patient care environments by collecting and using evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction.
FACT Accreditation

MedStar Georgetown Awarded FACT Accreditation

Our Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program , home to the nation’s largest stem cell collection facility, is the only full-service, adult Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)-accredited program in the Washington, D.C., region for allogeneic transplantation, autologous transplantation, and cellular immunotherapy. The accreditation is a result of our commitment to quality patient care and meeting comprehensive and rigorous standards in cellular therapy set forth by the Foundation.
2015 QP Commision On Cancer Accredited Program

National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons

As a CoC-accredited cancer center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases and prove to offer the full continuum of cancer care--from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care—while addressing both survival and quality of life.

national pancreas foundation center

MedStar Georgetown Recognized for Expertise in Treatment of Pancreatic Diseases

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is proud to be one of 30 centers in the United States, and the only facility in the Washington, D.C., area, recognized for the care of people with pancreatic diseases by the National Pancreas Foundation

Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence

Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence

We are the only hospital in Washington, D.C., designated as a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, the most respected and sought-after designation for movement disorders. As a Center of Excellence, we provide patients with the highest standards of care worldwide, advance research to provide those with Parkinson’s disease a better life, and patient education programs, community outreach programs, and specialized training for healthcare professionals

Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence

Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence

As a Huntington’s Disease Society of American Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence, we provide patients with high-quality, comprehensive care, access to clinical research, and an elite multidisciplinary team approach to care.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Cheack Mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Cheack Mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

This certification proves our dedication to progressive and innovative, patient-centric stroke care involving a highly-skilled and coordinated team of experts and our commitment to evaluating and evolving patient care at every touch point in the stroke care continuum. Award received January 2018.


NAPBC® National Accreditation Program for Breast Center

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)-accredited breast centers are dedicated to improving the quality of care and monitoring for patients with diseases of the breast and provide patients with a comprehensive, team approach to care, state-of-the-art services and treatments, information about clinical trials, and access to prevention and early detection program, cancer education, and support services.

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Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Our Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center earned the American College of Radiology (ACR) designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.


Accredited by the American College of Radiology

When you see the gold seal of accreditation, you can rest assured that our facility will meet the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality.

Why? Because it means that our facility and personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Among patients and physicians alike, ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging.


Designated as a "Baby-Friendly" Hospital by Baby Friendly USA

MedStar Georgetown was the first hospital in the D.C. Metro area to receive this coveted award. Hospitals that receive this prestigious international award have undergone a rigorous on-site survey and demonstrate that they have correctly integrated the “Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding” into their practice. Award received in February 2012.