Quality and Safety


HealthGrades Awards

ort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) recently announced that it has earned the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. The designation ranks FWMC among the top 10 percent of acute care hospitals in the nation protecting patients from serious, potentially avoidable complications during their hospital stay. There are 46 acute care hospitals in Maryland. The FWMC is the only hospital in Prince George’s County, and one-of-seven in the state to achieve this distinction from Healthgrades, the leading online provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals in the United States.

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Leslie Ebert Award

Fort Washington was the recipient of the Leslie Ebert Award during WRTC biennial Synergy Symposium. The criteria for this award relates to the hospital’s performance with regard to compliance in reporting all deaths to WRTC, the timeliness of that reporting as well as other activities that exhibit a strong culture of donation within their hospital and/or the community. For “culture of donation,” elements such as hospital champions, nursing leadership, consistent data sharing and activities to raise community awareness were considered.

FWMC was chosen as the winner out of the 23 hospitals considered for the Award.

Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation

The Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation is presented to an organization that has made a demonstrable difference in patient safety through an innovative Solution. The Award was created by the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Board of Directors to recognize and honor the enduring contributions made by the Center’s first President and Executive Director, William Minogue, MD, FACP. The Solution selected to receive the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation reflects the following attributes:

  • Be innovative
  • Demonstrate measurable change
  • Exhibit strong collaboration
  • Exhibit strong leadership
  • Advance the culture of patient safety
  • Constitute a best practice with the ability to spread
  • Demonstrate patient and family integration

The Performance Improvement department submitted a solution “Sepsis: Connecting the Data for Process Improvement” for consideration of the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation and was ranked 14th out of seventy five (75) submissions and was invited to present at the annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference.

Pioneers in Quality Award

Fort Washington Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission as a “2017 Pioneers in Quality Data Contributor” as it was an early adopter of the eCQM initiative and voluntarily submitted 2016 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data to The Joint Commission. The hospital plans to continue the journey toward full eCQM implementation, which is a joint venture between Performance Improvement and Information Technology departments.

“Out of 3,200 health care organizations, Fort Washington Medical Center is among only 480 that the Joint Commission has recognized this year for embracing new technology to submit data about the care it provides to patients. That work to voluntarily share information helps the entire industry move forward in utilizing electronic clinical quality measurement for health care improvement.”

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