Awards and Accreditations


MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been recognized nationally and regionally for its clinical and operational excellence. Below highlights some of the hospital's most recent awards. 

NICHE Designated Hospital, Level 4 (2017)

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.  The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care.

U.S. News and World Report Regional Rankings (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Recognized as a top-performing hospital in the Washington, D.C. region and in Maryland. Over the years, the hospital has been known for high performance in the areas of Urology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics and Nephrology. In addition, the hospital has been rated as high-performing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure procedures.

U.S. News and World Report National Rankings (2016)

Top 40 hospitals in the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery. 

American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award, Target Honor Roll Stroke (2014-2017) 

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes award-winning hospitals for their success in using our programs to improve the quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients. Gold recognizes the performance of 24 consecutive months or more. Target: Stroke Honor Roll: Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).

Practice Greenhealth Partner Recognition Award (2016)

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

The Aster Awards Program, Silver (2016)

Honoring Excellence in Healthcare Advertising.

  • Silver Award, Connections Associate Newsletter Series
  • Silver Award, Annual Nursing Report 

The Joint Commission Top Performer (2014)

The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance. The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism, stroke, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.


The Joint Commission (2015)

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of medical and surgical care and has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's national standards for healthcare quality and safety. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.

Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (2012)

Hospitals awarded this designation have Primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. This means they have a call team made up of the cardiac cath lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive at the facility within 30 minutes of STEMI activation. These facilities have formal agreements with the facilities that regularly refer STEMI patients for primary PCI. They will also have mapped their STEMI processes to maximize efficiencies which lead to quicker treatment and improved outcomes.

Primary Stroke Center (2012)

First hospital in Prince George's County to receive the designation.