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Fiscal Year 2013 Statistics

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit, 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private hospital in the nation’s capital and among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation. Founded in 1958, when three specialty hospitals merged to form a single institution, the hospital 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.

During fiscal year 2013 (FY13), the hospital had 398,058 outpatient and 42,412 inpatient visits, as well as 3,717 births. Regional medical facilities referred 8,900 of their most complicated medical cases to the Hospital Center during that time. The Hospital Center has one the region’s most experienced medical/dental and surgical staffs, numbering 1,362 physicians, many of whom are involved in 370 clinical research trials currently underway. Its 30 clinical residency and fellowship programs enroll nearly 350 residents and fellows annually.

MedStar Heart Institute, headquartered at the Hospital Center, is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and is consistently recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation’s “Best Hospitals” for cardiology and heart surgery. FY13 volumes included 8,828 inpatient cardiac admissions, 1,623 cardiac surgeries and 12 heart transplants. The Hospital Center’s Ventricular Assist Device program is the only facility in Washington accredited by The Joint Commission. In FY13, MedStar Heart Institute entered into a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, uniting two of the nation’s top heart programs.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is also a respected top facility in the Washington region in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. The Hospital Center’s Primary Stroke Center, the first stroke program in the area accredited by The Joint Commission, admitted 781 patients in FY13. Through its affiliation with the National Institutes of Health Stroke Center, the hospital’s stroke neurologists have access to leading-edge research protocols and telemedicine services not available at other hospitals.

Comprehensive cancer care makes MedStar Washington Hospital Center the preferred treatment facility for cancer patients compared to any other program in the nation’s capital. In FY13, the Hospital Center had 77,152 outpatient visits, diagnosed 2,400 new cancer cases and treated 19,447 patients in its Center for Breast Health. The Hospital Center provides the full range of medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical services, as well as access to cutting-edge clinical trials, patient and family counseling, cancer education and community outreach programs.

The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute’s kidney and pancreas transplantation programs, located both at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, are among the largest on the East Coast, with outcomes consistently exceeding the national average. During this fiscal year, 83 kidney transplants and one kidney/pancreas transplant were performed at the Hospital Center.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s most far-reaching presence is MedSTAR Transport. The air ambulance service has carried 56,858 patients since its inception in 1983, and in FY13, flew 1,649 helicopter missions. The MedSTAR Trauma program is one of the nation’s most advanced level I shock/trauma units as verified by the American College of Surgeons. In this year, there were 2,167 trauma admissions and 89,934 Emergency Department visits, which included 22,520 patient admissions. Its adult Burn Center, recognized as a national model in burn care therapies and the region’s only adult facility, treated 407 patients.

The Hospital Center is committed to providing care to the underserved in its community. In FY13, the hospital provided $119.4 million in unsponsored care, a combination of $35.8 million in charity care and $83.6 million in bad debt.