About Us

Our History

Fort Washington Hospital

In the late 1970s, residents of the tight-knit community of Fort Washington met to discuss the idea of constructing a hospital in their community. Their dream was partially realized when Greater Southeast Community Hospital Foundation opened the Fort Washington Ambulatory Care Center in 1983.

In 1989, Parkwood Hospital and the Fort Washington Ambulatory Care Center—both facilities owned by the Greater Southeast Community Hospital Foundation in Washington, D.C.—were aligned to form Fort Washington Hospital. Through grassroots fundraising, Fort Washington Hospital conducted its first capital campaign through the “Buy A Brick” Program to raise money for the new patient care building.

In February 1991, the initial dream became a reality. Fort Washington opened with a limited number of beds acquired from the now closed Parkwood Hospital in Clinton, Maryland. Subsequently, the hospital's name was changed to Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC).

Today, Fort Washington Medical Center is a 37-bed acute care hospital, now owned by Nexus Health, a healthcare organization that manages the hospital. FWMC is the youngest hospital in the Maryland healthcare system. The hospital serves 43,000+ patients every year and is staffed by a group of physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals that care about our communities.

Serving Our Local Community with Pride

Our Fort Washington hospital continues to provide 24-hour emergency services, inpatient / outpatient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and radiology services, rehabilitation, and surgical services. FWMC also offers numerous specialty services. The hospital relies on the expertise of many committed surgeons and medical experts. We continue to maintain close ties with our communities through educational, preventive services, and community programs.

Hear it from Our Patients

Jody Beard has suffered from knee pain for many years. Not anymore, thanks to knee replacement surgery through the Fort Washington Medical Center Joint Replacement Program.
This surgery has changed my life. I no longer lay on shopping carts for support or agonize when walking on concrete. After two knee replacements, now I am all over the place. I’m walking around the school where I work without pain. My granddaughter says I don’t walk like a penguin anymore. I have my surgeon and the FWMC staff to thank for that!
~ Jody Beard