DC’s Providence Hospital will end its acute-care services this year


– DC’s Providence Hospital, located in ward 5, has announced that it will end its acute-care services in 2018. The hospital, which serves a majority of the city’s low-income community, said it would instead focus on other services such as community-based behavioral health care and senior care. (WaPo, 7/26)

Leah Garrett, vice president of Community of Hope, a nonprofit organization that works with low-income families in the District, said she was “saddened” by the announcement.

“This decision will contribute to an even greater scarcity of hospital resources closer to home for residents of the eastern half of the city,” she wrote in an email. “For many years, Providence provided acute care services for many of our Medicaid and uninsured patients and we hope that the other hospital systems will be committed to serving these residents.”

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EQUITY | The Urban Institute has created a data tool to track how equitably dispersed community development funding is in the Greater Washington region. (Urban Institute, 7/12)

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