|WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 100 MEDICAL FACILITIES NATIONWIDE
January 1, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15, 1999 -- Washington Hospital Center, the largest hospital in the Washington metropolitan area, is listed among the top 100 hospitals in the nation, according to Baltimore-based health data firm HCIA and the cable Health Channel. The 907-bed Hospital Center is one of the United States' 15 major teaching hospitals, according to the new rankings. The findings are based on reviews of the 3,200 hospitals nationwide that receive Medicare payments.
"Washington Hospital Center's ranking by HCIA and the Health Channel validates our credo of `Patient First' and our pledge of the delivery of the best services to the thousands of inpatients and outpatients we serve annually. It also points out the importance of being a teaching facility that is able to provide state-of-the-art medical care to those who most need it," said Hospital Center President Kenneth A. Samet.
By dividing hospitals into categories based on their size, HCIA awards top 100 status to medical facilities who surpass their competition in areas that include shortening patient stays and adherence to national standards of care. Hospitals are not individually ranked, but are designated as members of the top 100 list.
"We think that the top 100 hospitals are treating sicker patients, yet achieving better outcomes at a lower cost because these are the facilities that have made quality a priority in all areas," said Joan Chenoweth, HCIA's lead analyst.
Among HCIA's findings that are adjusted for illness severity, the top-ranked hospitals have 14% fewer patient deaths and patient stays are 12% shorter than those of their peers. The ranked hospitals' total occupancy rates also are almost 12% higher than those that did not make the list.
Washington Hospital Center, founded in March 1958, offers services in primary, secondary and tertiary care for adult. adolescent and neonatal patients. The Hospital Center, on average, operates at 85% capacity and employs one of the region's most experienced surgical staffs. It is home to one of the nation's most renowned cardiac programs and is respected as a top facility in other areas including cancer, women's services, transplantation, burn, trauma and eye care.