Washington Hospital Center may be the official hospital of the Washington Redskins, but you don't have to be a professional football player to make use of the facility's services. The hospital, at the heart of the MedStar Health system, serves about 455,000 patients living in and around the nation's capital each year. Washington Hospital Center has approximately 925 beds and includes specialized care centers for cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and neurosciences. Other services include organ transplantation and a regional burn treatment center, as well as emergency air transportation. The hospital also conducts clinical research and offers educational residency and fellowship programs.
It has about 1,400 doctors and dentists on staff; many of whom are involved in Washington Hospital Center's 350 clinical research trials. The hospital is affiliated with the medical schools of The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins, and several other regional educational institutions. Its more than two dozen clinical residency and fellowship programs enroll more than 300 medical students each year.
Washington Hospital Center has a global presence through its International Services Department, which administers care to international patients and those who travel to the US specifically to receive medical treatments at Washington Hospital Center. The hospital has also earned a reputation in the US for treating some of the most complex patient cases. Partially because its doctors are able to see trauma patients quickly through the hospital's affiliation with MedSTAR Transport air and ground ambulance service. The MedSTAR Trauma program at Washington Hospital Center has flown nearly 50,000 patients since its inception in 1983.
The hospital is also known for its charity care. In 2010, Washington Hospital Center provided nearly $110 million in unsponsored care to patients who were unable to pay their bills for one reason or another. The money was a combination of more than $17 million in charity care and about $90 million in bad debt (billed but unpaid bills).
Washington Hospital Center was created through the merger of three regional hospitals: Emergency, Garfield, and Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat. The actual idea of the Hospital Center was conceived in 1943, but it took nearly 15 years for funding, planning, and construction to be completed. – less