Washington, DC – August 10, 2018 – The District of Columbia Hospital Association continues to support the efforts of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health to address the delivery of health services to all District residents, and the immediate need to improve access to comprehensive health services for residents of Wards 7 and 8.
Last October, DCHA released a position paper entitled: Health Care Services on the District’s East End: A Vision for Access and Sustainability. In that paper, we laid out our strategy for improving health care in the Eastern side of the city. DCHA and its members continue to support an East End Health Care strategy that includes:
• An integrated and sustainable health care system that includes a right-sized acute care facility, other appropriate services and leverages existing health care partners and resources.
• Appropriate primary, specialty, diagnostic, emergency, acute and post-acute care services based on the current and future needs of the community and market dynamics.
• Education and training for future health care professionals.
• Recognition of the need and inclusion of appropriate resources to address the social determinants of health that create barriers to achieving better health outcomes.
This announcement represents the first step towards establishing a community-wide infrastructure that integrates multiple levels of health care delivery — including preventive, appropriate specialty and post-acute care. DCHA continues to be a committed partner with the District to ensure any investment will be sustainable, while addressing the health care of all residents, particularly those in Wards 7 & 8.
A copy of Health Care Services on the District’s East End: A Vision for Access and Sustainability can be found here.