Washington, DC, the US capital, has signed agreements for the construction of two new hospitals to improve health care and outcomes for its residents.
Signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, the agreements cover the build of a 136-bed hospital at St. Elizabeths East in Ward 8 and a 225-bed Howard University Hospital on Georgia Avenue NW in Ward 1.
The hospitals will be part of public-private alliances with investments from all partners.
Mayor Bowser said: “With these new agreements, we will deliver high quality, integrated care and transform our health care system by promoting equity in care, access, and outcomes.
“Together, we will build a health care system that meets the needs of all residents, attacks health disparities, and makes us more resilient for the challenges that lie ahead.”
The new $306m hospital at St. Elizabeths East, which is operated by Universal Health Services in collaboration with George Washington University and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates, will house 136 inpatient beds, with a potential for expansion to 196 beds.
Expected to be completed in 2024, the hospital will be funded by the district, which will also provide funds to build a $69m ambulatory centre at St. Elizabeths. The ambulatory centre is expected to open in 2023.
In addition, two new urgent care centres will be opened in Wards 7 and 8 in 2021 and 2022, respectively. These centres are estimated to cost $21m, which will be provided by Universal Health Services.
Meanwhile, the $450m, 225-bed, Level I trauma and academic teaching hospital at Howard University is expected to be complete by 2026.
The district also agreed to offer $25m in public infrastructure support, along with $26.6m over the next six years to support five centres of excellence at Howard Hospital.
These centres of excellence include sickle cell, women’s health, oral health, trauma and violence prevention and substance abuse.