2019-2020 U.S. News Best Regional Hospital

U.S.News & World Report

In 2017, MedStar Harbor Hospital was named a top hospital in Maryland and the Baltimore metropolitan area in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. We were specifically recognized for our performance in Orthopedics and Pulmonology. The rankings are based on data from nearly 5,000 centers across the country and the scores are based on a variety of patient-outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing.

  • Best Hospital Award received in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
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Get with the Guidelines – Quality Achievement Award

MedStar Harbor Hospital was awarded the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award, a national recognition endorsing the hospital’s ongoing commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients. Additionally, the hospital received the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

2019 Silver plus

Get with the Guidelines—Quality Achievement Award

In 2019, the American Heart Association awarded MedStar Harbor Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care with the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Gold Plus Award received in 2016.

Silver Quality Achievement Award received in 2015.

Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award received in 2012.

Gold Plus Award received in 2012.

Stroke Bronze Award received in 2012.

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MedStar Harbor is Fully Accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC)

In 2017, MedStar Harbor received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards re-certifications. The hospital also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care and Spine Surgery, with no recommendation for improvement. MedStar Harbor has consistently earned these certifications for more than five years in a row—all with no recommendations for improvement.

In 2016, MedStar Harbor Hospital received recertification for both our Pediatric Asthma Care and Heart Failure programs, with no recommendation for improvement.


2016 NICHE Senior Friendly Award

Nurses Improving Care for Health-system Elders (NICHE) is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults. NICHE designation demonstrates our organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital's efforts to serve its communities.

Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards

MedStar Harbor Hospital was recently honored with the “Partner for Change” award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling, and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

MedStar Harbor participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Among the notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth were the hospital’s focus on the reduction of styrofoam use and the decreased use of regulated medical waste bags.

“Partner for Change” Award received in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Award

MedStar Harbor was once again recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change and worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative making the health and wellness of their associates a priority. Award received in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

39+ weeks

The March of Dimes Maryland- National Capital Area Chapter—Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Award

In 2015, MedStar Harbor Hospital was recognized for being committed to providing the best care for mothers and their babies by reducing the rate of premature births and decreasing the number of non-medically indicated elective deliveries and cesarean deliveries. The March of Dimes’ recognition is a reflection of our efforts, and an acknowledgment that we want women to be pregnant at least 39 weeks.


Quality Excellence Award*

This award was discontinued after 2014.

MedStar Harbor Hospital has been awarded the Quality Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation for an unprecedented ninth time. We have received this prestigious award more than any other hospital in the Delmarva area, including Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware.

Award received in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Fetal Assessment Center is accredited by the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Ultrasound Practice Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. The accreditation process encourages providers of diagnostic ultrasound services to assess their strengths and weaknesses and initiate changes to improve their practices.

Practices accredited by AIUM have demonstrated competency in every aspect of their operation, including: personnel education, training and experience document, storage and record keeping policies and procedures, safeguarding patients, ultrasound personnel, equipment instrumentation quality assurance, and case studies.

Accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

MedStar Harbor Hospital’s Echocardiography Lab was granted a three-year accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). An IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. This accreditation is important for MedStar Harbor and the communities we serve.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States—and among the patient population we treat. Early detection and diagnosis of heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures. Our third-party validated skill and expertise in these important procedures helps us to continue to provide the very best healthcare to the tens of thousands of patients who trust us to be a quality health partner.

Award received in 2014.

Emergency Department earned a five-year certification as an EMS Base Station by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems

Maryland's designated EMS Base Stations provide quality on-line medical direction to the State's EMS providers. MedStar Harbor Hospital's Emergency Department is proud to have earned a five-year certification as an EMS Base Station.

MedStar Harbor Hospital's Sleep Center earned a five-year accreditation from the American Board of Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate the services provided by a sleep center or lab. The standards for accreditation ensure that sleep medicine providers display and maintain proficiency in areas such as testing procedures and policies, patient safety and follow-up, and physician and staff training.