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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Overview

Washington, DC
5001 to 10000 employees
Health Care Services & Hospitals
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At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, world-class care is made up of meaningful moments that make a difference in the lives of nearly 500,000 patients around the nation's capital each year. We are the busiest and largest hospital in Washington, D.C. and the ... Read more

Mission: MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a valued member of MedStar Health, is dedicated to delivering exceptional patient first health care. We provide the region with the highest quality and latest medical advances through excellence in patient care, education and research.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center – Why Work For Us?

Making a Difference Every Day

We are a team of caring professionals at the largest private hospital in the nation's capital, who dedicate every day to improving patients’ lives one moment at a time. Founded in March 1958 with a mission to serve @ every bedside with unparalleled care, our Hospital Center occupies a 47-acre campus that we share with three other medical facilities in Northwest Washington, D.C.

A proud member of MedStar Health, our not-for-profit Hospital Center has upwards of 900+ licensed beds, offering primary, secondary and tertiary health care services to adult and neonatal patients. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, we treated 38,156 inpatients—including 3,361 births--and 389,535 outpatients.

Cardiovascular Programs

The hospital is home to one of the nation's top cardiovascular programs, with 11,000 inpatient cardiac admissions last year. Its cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology (EP) laboratories are among the busiest in the country. A total of 14,987 cardiac catheterizations and 5,300 electrophysiology procedures were performed during FY 2007. There were 1,863 open-heart surgeries and five heart transplants during the fiscal year. One of the area's first heart transplants was done at the Hospital Center on May 22,1987.

Washington Cancer Institute

Washington Cancer Institute (WCI) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center treats more cancer patients than any other program in the nation's capital. WCI provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care that includes surgical, radiation and medical oncology services, access to the latest clinical trials, counseling for patients and families, cancer education and community outreach programs. During FY 2007, the Cancer Institute diagnosed 2,334 new cancer cases; there were 79,720 outpatient visits during that period. The Center for Breast Health saw 15,242 patients.

Transplant Programs

Transplantation programs for kidney, pancreas and heart place the Hospital Center as one of the busiest on the East Coast. During the last fiscal year, 105 kidney transplants and seven combination kidney/pancreas transplants were performed. The Hospital Center's transplantation program ranks among the top five percent in the nation for patient outcomes, and consistently exceeds the national average.


Perhaps the Hospital Center's most far-reaching presence is MedSTAR Transport. The air ambulance service has carried 43,503 patients since its inception in 1983, and in fiscal year 2007, flew 3,210 helicopter missions. The American College of Surgeons consistently recognizes the MedSTAR Trauma program as one of the nation's best Level I shock/trauma units. In fiscal year 2007, there were 2,522 trauma admissions. In addition, there were 77,113 Emergency Department visits, including 19,077 admissions. The Hospital Center provided $86.3 million in unsponsored care during FY 2007.


We're @ our best, teaching, healing, and caring

As one of the top hospitals in Washington, D.C., we are a unified team of the area's most experienced and hardworking medical staff, who make an impact each day in the lives of patients and their families. With such world-class care delivered @ every bedside, we are looking for talented and dedicated professionals who will join us in making every moment count - every single day.

We are an acute care teaching and research hospital that is the largest non-profit hospital in the Washington metropolitan region and one of four major teaching hospitals in Washington, D.C. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is ranked as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by the Health Care Industries Association (HCIA), a national health information company.

In addition to our nationally ranked specialties, MedStar Washington Hospital Center offers a wide range of other specialized services, including the following:

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Dermatology transplantation
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral, plastic and thoracic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prenatal and neonatal intensive care services
  • Surgical and medical oncology
  • Treatment of hormonal disorders such as diabetes and thyroid disease
  • Urology

Our hospital supports more than 300 residents and fellows training in numerous hospital-sponsored graduate medical education programs and additional specialty programs in affiliation with George Washington University and Georgetown University medical schools.

Benefits That Make An Impact

Because we believe in a level of care that goes beyond the ordinary, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center your benefits and rewards also exceed the area’s standard. From medical coverage to education assistance, the Hospital Center offers extensive benefits packages to both full-time and part-time employees. Here's just a taste of some of the great rewards we have that impact your life both @the bedside and @ home:

Paid Time Off

Our Paid Time Off (PTO) system combines both vacation and sick leave days giving our employees the flexibility they need to determine how many days they want to utilize for vacation and possible illness.

Part-time employees who work at least 40 hours per pay period will be eligible to receive paid days off and personal holidays at one-half the rate of full-time employees.

Holidays – Annually, MedStar Washington Hospital Center observes nine paid holidays for union members and seven paid holidays with two personal days for non-union members.

Health Care Plans

Our employees receive the same quality in care that they help provide. MedStar Washington Hospital Center offers medical, dental, and vision plans through the following providers:

  • BlueCross/BlueShield Plans
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Cigna Dental Plans
  • Adventica EyeCare

Full-time and part-time employees share the cost of the monthly premium with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Also, employees pay health insurance coverage premiums with pre-tax dollars. This allows an immediate tax savings (Federal, State, and Social Security) on the money that is contributed toward the health care plans.


MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides tuition assistance to full and part-time eligible employees after completion of their probationary period.


MedStar Washington Hospital Center offers numerous supportive programs and benefits for our employees, including:

  • On-site employee assistance program
  • Weight Watchers
  • Weigh-to-Lose Program
  • On-site fitness classes and massages

Other Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Pharmacy discount
  • 403b Retirement Plan
  • FlexFund

Employees may set aside a portion of their annual income for out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses. This set-aside amount in the FlexFund account is tax-free and may be used to pay certain expenses that are ordinarily paid with after-tax dollars.


  • Discounts to area health clubs
  • Discounts on parking and free Metro shuttle bus services
  • Discounts to area sporting events, amusement parks and other recreational activities.
  • A pre-tax payroll deduction for Metro SmarTrip Cards
    • SmarTrip is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It's plastic – like a credit card – and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card.

  • MetroChek
    • Metrochek is a farecard voucher program. Metrocheks are accepted by more than 100 bus, rail, and vanpool commuter services in the region, including Metro, MARC Train Service, VRE, and local bus systems. Metrocheks can be used as Metrorail farecards or as vouchers when purchasing fares for other transit services

  • Bank of America's “At Work” Program
    • A collaboration with Bank of America and MedStar Washington Hospital Center that allows you the opportunity to save up to $500 on everyday financial solutions.

@ The Moment of Impact and Opportunity for You

To demonstrate our commitment to the practice of professional nursing at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we support professional development and personal advancement through a variety of on-site courses, certification programs and tuition reimbursement.  We encourage nurses to continually advance their knowledge and incorporate their new understanding into clinical practice @ every bedside. 

Graduate Medical Information

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the largest private teaching hospital in the nation's capital. Its reputation as a leader in the delivery of quality health care, whether it is in the treatment of routine conditions or the very rare, draws patients from a 250-mile radius—making it one of the busiest hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. MedStar Washington Hospital Center has been recognized by Solucient as One of the 10 Best Major Teaching Hospitals.

Continuing Medical Information

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care, medical education and research. We recognize the importance of medical education as an integral component of the provision of quality health care and that physicians require continuous learning throughout their careers. In support of this principle, MedStar Washington Hospital Center has designed a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and a website environment that meets the needs of physicians and other health care professionals locally, regionally and nationally.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC) in December 2018.


    I applied online and received a email a few days later. I met with HR recruiter and then the managers on unit I applied for. It was a panel of managers totaling 4 people.

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Awards & Accolades

  • Best Hospitals National Cardiology & Heart Surgery, US News & World Report, 2018
  • Pathway to Excellence® designation, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 2017
  • Best Hospitals National Cardiology & Heart Surgery, US News & World Report, 2015
  • 100 Great Hospitals in America, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014
  • Best Hospitals National Cardiology & Heart Surgery, U.S. News, 2015
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