Editorial on Health Care in DC East of the River

Edward J. Smith, Executive Director of the DC Nurses Association (DCNA), speaks about the need for high-quality extensive health care services east of the river (Wards 7 & 8) in the District of Columbia in an editorial for WPFW-FM. Listen to the editorial: Written Transcript: This is Ed Smith with a WPFW editorial. Health care … Continue reading Editorial on Health Care in DC East of the River

Maternal mortality is worse in Washington, D.C. than Syria. Abortion access is one reason why.

From NBC News: Summer Sherburne Hawkins, associate professor, Boston College's School of Social Work, writes, "My research shows that as states restrict access to reproductive health care options, maternal mortality rates climb precipitously." "From 2007 to 2015, Syria's maternal mortality rate rose from 26 deaths per 100,000 live births to 31 deaths per 100,000 live … Continue reading Maternal mortality is worse in Washington, D.C. than Syria. Abortion access is one reason why.

GWU sues corporate hospital partner, leaving fate of Southeast project uncertain

Universal Health Services (UHS), the corporation under consideration to build a new hospital east of the river in DC, has been in trouble before. Now, a lawsuit, filed last week in D.C. Superior Court, alleges that Universal Health Services (UHS) — a Pennsylvania-based health-care corporation that owns hospitals across the country — has improperly diverted … Continue reading GWU sues corporate hospital partner, leaving fate of Southeast project uncertain

Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC

Residents east of the Anacostia River aren’t known to go to the John A. Wilson Building for city business, but they turned out in droves on Oct. 25 to let D.C. Council member Vincent Gray know how they want the United Medical Center supported unconditionally by the city government. Read the full article in the … Continue reading Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC

Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.

Residents of Southeast DC and health workers at United Medical Center testified about the status of health services east of the river at a hearing before the health committee of the DC Council on Friday, October 25. United Medical Center staff say they are overworked and need more support in the interim, as residents suffer … Continue reading Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.

DC Cuts to Services for People with Disabilities

The D.C. Department on Disability Services (DDS) has decided not to renew Georgetown University’s contract that provides services to disabled residents through its DDA Health Initiative, as reported in an article in the Washington Post. The decision was made quietly and has unnerved those who work closest with the city’s most vulnerable residents. They fear that it … Continue reading DC Cuts to Services for People with Disabilities

Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city

According to this article in Washington City Paper, Doctors Blame D.C.'s High Asthma Rates in Part on Poor Housing, Ankoor Shah, a pediatrician and assistant professor at George Washington University, says that the asthma epidemic “disproportionately affects poor, urban minority children. And the severity is worse, specifically when you think about Wards 7 and 8.” Read … Continue reading Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city