Are you living in Southeast and wondering how your money is being budgeted and spent? Concerned about the direction of the United Medical Center? Now is the time to act!
Let’s start with a little bit of background for anyone that is not living in Southeast or familiar with United Medical Center (formerly known as Greater Southeast Community Hospital.) For years United Medical Center has struggled to pay its bills. In 2006 and 2007, the hospital was in danger of closing, requiring the city to step in to save it. The Not-for-Profit Hospital Corporation, commonly known as United Medical Center, was established on July 9, 2010 through special legislation. Since then, the new leadership team, its medical staff, and nurses, clinical and support staff claim to be making major improvements in their quality of care, customer service, patient safety and campus security. The facility, which serves many of the city’s poorest residents, also received a new roof and generators, major improvements to the emergency department and replacement of nearly all radiology equipment. Putting the hospital’s claims aside, have you noticed a difference?
The hospital has replaced most patient care diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic equipment and upgraded most hospital physical plant systems. Over 75 physicians have joined the medical staff. With changes being made everyday, now is the time to give your input and share your experience with the City Council.
On Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., Room 500, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004, a public hearing will be held on issues related to the financial management of the hospital. This hearing will be open to the public; however, only invited witnesses will be permitted to provide oral statements. Members of the public may submit written testimony which will be made part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Health no later than Thursday October 6, 2011.
Sufficiently concerned? Make certain that you attend the hearing or, at a minimum, submit your written statements to the committee.