Washington, D.C., July 16, 2009 - National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and Washington Hospital Center, both MedStar Health hospitals, are recognized as being among America’s Best Hospitals in 2009 by U.S.News & World Report. They are the only two hospitals in Washington, D.C., to make this year’s list.
For the 15th consecutive year, NRH ranked as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country. It is listed as 12th in the nation, and the best in the Washington area.
“We are very proud to be recognized by U.S.News & World Report for our efforts in providing our patients with high quality healthcare,” said Edward A. Eckenhoff, NRH Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer. “This ranking is a testament to the dedication, commitment and experience of our Team Members at NRH, as well as the support of our community. We are grateful to our colleagues for this recognition and it inspires us to continue to provide our patients with compassionate care and innovative programs and techniques, which will empower them to lead productive, independent lives.”
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The Hospital Center once again is recognized for its cardiac services, ranking 20th in the country for Heart and Heart Surgery. The hospital also ranks 16th for Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders; 26th for Geriatric Care; and 32nd in the Ear, Nose and Throat specialties. The Hospital Center’s rankings in four specialties are more than any other hospital in the D.C. region. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S.News and World Report, especially in four areas,” said Washington Hospital Center President Harrison J. Rider III. “Everyone at the Hospital Center works hard every day to provide patients with the best care possible, and this recognition tells people in the Washington, D.C. region that the best care in the nation is available in their community.”
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This is the 20th year that U.S.News has put together its America’s Best Hospitals report, which ranks hospitals in 16 specialties and looks at how well the facilities handle complex and demanding cases. Multiple factors were considered to compile the rankings. They include whether the hospital has certain types of medical technologies, such as current-generation CT scanners, number of procedures performed, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Of the 4,861 hospitals considered for rankings, only 174 hospitals scored high enough to be ranked in just one specialty. The rehabilitation ranking is based on a reputational score and is determined by a survey of board-certified specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
National Rehabilitation Hospital admits approximately 2,200 adults and children annually with disabling injuries and illnesses and specializes in treating patients with stroke, spinal cord, brain and orthopedic injuries. Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed major teaching hospital and is the largest private not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital. Both are members of MedStar Health, a $3.5 billion non-profit, regional health care system with a community-based network of eight hospitals and other health care services in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. As the area's largest health system, it is one of the region's largest employers with more than 25,000 associates and 5,000 affiliated physicians, all of whom support MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. It is based in Columbia, Maryland.