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Howard University Hospital Ratings

Washington, DC 20060
Phone: (202) 745-6100

Hospital Type: Acute Care Hospitals
Emergency Services: YES

Quality of Care - Infectious Diseases - ER Wait Time - Patient Ratings

Quality of Care - Mortality Rate

How well does Howard University Hospital save lives? 7% better than the national average, based on the overall mortality rate for critical illnesses.
Mortality Rate
Heart Attack16%
Heart Failure9%

Infectious Disease at Howard University Hospital

Drug resistant bacteria are becoming the largest health facing the United States. There are an increasing number of drug resistant bacteria, including: drug resistant bacteria due primarily to unnecessary and mis-applied use among humans and livestock, patients with hospitalizations for relatively minor reasons can suddenly face lifethreatening illness.

While many hospitals are implementing questionable flu vaccinations1 for their employees, many fewer have as rigorous solutions for nosocomial MDR infections.

Infectious DiseaseCases
C. Diff
Sickens more than a half million people each year and has a 17% mortality rate after one year2
Causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections. Mortality rates may be as high as 20%3

Emergency Room Wait Time Ratings

Time until initial exam: 1h 19m

Non-critical cases where patient is discharged have total visit time of 3 hour and 32 minutes

Serious cases where patients are admitted have 4 hour and 23 minutes to be admitted, then an additional 2 hour and 15 minutes delay before leaving to their room.

Patient Ratings

While customer satisfaction surveys don't necessarily reflect the quality of care provided at the hospital, it can identify some areas that are important standards to maintain, such as managing pain and maintaining a sanitary environment.

Overall Rating: BELOW AVERAGE
Howard University Hospital 3.95 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.

52% of patients rate the hospital excellent

Positive Patient Ratings

Some patients praise:
  • Doctors usually communicate well with patients

Negative Patient Ratings

  • Staff doesn't respond quickly when patients need help
  • Nurses often fail to communicate
  • Patients were often left in pain
  • Facilities are sometimes dirty

1Questionable efficacy of flu vaccination
2C Diff Mortality Rate
3MRSA Mortality Rate

Howard University Hospital Stories

Nov 27, 2023, 7:34 PM
Sibley Memorial Hospital: "6 hours plus" - B

Oct 17, 2023, 5:49 PM
United Medical Center: "I have been to this Hospital multiple times due to it being close to my home. I have left in pain and all due to the wait being Soo long to get in the back and when your in the back it takes anyone over an hour to come in your room to even speak to you. My experience has been HORRIBLE EACH TIME.. The staff sits around talking an giggling not doing their jobs.. Lab work doesn't get properly put it. Doctors & Staff need better people skills cause they lack that as well walking around with attitudes. Overall I give this hospital a 0/0 if it was up to me. " - Iam

Sep 29, 2023, 5:44 PM
: "On August 8, 2023, I took my partner to Georgetown Hospital. She was there for 10 hours. 18 days later she died." - Marc

Jul 25, 2023, 4:07 AM
Washington Hospital Center: "Under staff wait time is more then posted. Been waiting to see a doctor in emergency Room for over 15 Hours. Was kicked out of emergency room for asking why it was taking so long. They replayed no ideal when would be seen they had a lot of patients. So I ask if they were understaffed. They reply by saying they had a lot of patients. So I ask would you go on record saying you don't have enough staff to accommodate patients. They got rude and kick me out of emergency room and put me back in waiting room. Been here for over 16 hours and still have not seen a doctor." - Michael

Mar 29, 2023, 1:49 AM
: "I am here at CNMC. It has been so far my worst nightmare. It took us almost 6.5 hour and for my toddler who has just an injury to his elbow
And just for the doctor to come and see it’s taking forever. It’s not even a specialist care that he is needing. This is very poor and unfortunately dysfunctional care they have. "
- Zaka

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