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L-R: Corrine Simons, William Ellis, Mary Wozniak, Dr. Andrew Robie, Ean Bond, Thaddeus Wientzen, Veronica Williams DC Hospitals Are Removing Barriers to Substance Use Treatment Through Community Collaboration Peer recovery and outreach coaches from five District hospitals gathered for an in-person meeting at Unity Health Care, a community health center, on September 9. The group met to discuss strategies for eliminating barriers and increasing community support for patients entering substance use treatment programs. For the peers, having a strong relationship with community partners is a key component of the referral process, and often determines whether ...
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Refer Your Seriously Ill Clients to Food & Friends and Improve Healthcare Outcomes  Food & Friends has more than 30 years of experience delivering medically tailored meals to clients living with chronic or serious illnesses. Their registered dietitians and chefs have developed 12 specialized meal plans that cover the dietary needs patients require. But you may be surprised to know that Food & Friends has a team of community dietitians who provide personalized nutrition counseling and meal plans to directly address each client’s nutritional needs. “We welcome each client with personal attention and compassion. As more patients return to regularly ...
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This afternoon, Mayor Bowser declared a health systems emergency based on the current status of the District’s Medicaid managed care program. The order gives “ DC Health Care Finance and other leadership broad authority to implement measures that are necessary to ensure the health and safety of District residents.”   Read the full Mayor's Order. DCHA, its members and other health associations in the District, are deeply concerned about the impact the current crisis will have on access to care for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries.  In that light, DCHA has developed a joint statement , co-signed by the other major health associations, expressing ...
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Anytime is the Best Time to Avoid Getting Sick You may already know a few ways to avoid getting sick—wash your hands, get enough sleep, stay hydrated—but there are others you may not have thought of. (When's the last time you disinfected your smartphone or steering wheel, for example?) Download the full infographic to learn the best tips and advice for boosting your immune system. Download Infographic
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Food & Friends provides free, home-delivered meals to patients living with serious and chronic illnesses. The meals are medically tailored to meet the individual health needs of those living with cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart failure, and other illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves. There are 11 meal plans designed by registered dietitians, who also provide ongoing nutrition counseling to each patient. Meals are also provided for caregivers and minor dependents, because a major illness affects everyone in the household. Referrals are quick and easy, and any health care provider is eligible to make referrals.  More ...
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The 2021 Patient Safety & Quality Awards were given to the following individuals and teams: Individuals Award Winners                                                                                              Judy Zdobysz, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital , in recognition of her going well beyond her job responsibilities to support hospital staff during the height of the pandemic. She coordinated food deliveries, supported staff education, and created staff wellness rooms. She solicited handmade mask donations from all over the country and put together hundreds of patient discharge gift bags that included a mask, hand sanitizer, hand soap ...
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In recognition of National Safety Month’s Week 4: Advancing Your Safety Journey , DCHA would like to highlight a safety initiative that demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement in order to ensure a safe working environment for staff, patients and the community across all District hospitals. In 2019, DCHA’s Emergency Management Committee (EMC) identified a collective strategy to standardize a series of emergency codes related to a select list of emergency events (natural and human-made) across all member hospitals.  Emergency codes are important announcements to ensure facilities operate in accordance with their mission and to the best of their ...
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District of Columbia Hospitals Call for Employees to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – June 9, 2021   District of Columbia hospitals and health systems call for all employees and clinical team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This important step helps ensure the safety and well-being of District hospital employees, patients, and visitors. Under the District-wide consensus, nearly all health systems and hospitals in the District of Columbia will each set a date after which vaccination against COVID-19 will be a condition of employment (or contract engagement for non-employees who work at hospitals). Hospitals will comply with ...
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Highlights Monitoring our utilization metrics, emergency department visits remained relatively steady over the last five months as compared to January 2020 pre-COVID baseline utilization. On the other hand, acute care admissions, observation patients and ambulatory surgery fluctuated over this time. All remained below pre-COVID January 2020 baseline, as shown in Figure 1 below. Occupancy rates for psychiatric units in acute care hospitals increased over the past four months for Children’s National Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Howard University Hospital in particular (Figure 2). Download Report Figure 1: Utilization Metrics Impact from ...
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Highlights The percent difference in utilization compared to the January pre-COVID baseline continued to show slow recovery from low point during peak COVID surge in April for emergency department visits, acute inpatient admissions, psychiatric admissions, and observation stays (Figure 1). Although ambulatory surgery utilization as compared to the January baseline remained higher than the low point in April 2020, a slight decline since July 2020 was observed (Figure 2). Download Complete Report
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Meet Your ONE-DC President, Denise Boehm, RN Ms. Denise Boehm was named Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive in September 2017. She previously served as Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System in Clarksburg, West Virginia. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to her roles in executive leadership, she served Veterans and staff at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a staff nurse, critical care nurse educator, nurse manager of the Emergency Department and associate chief nurse for Primary Care. Ms. Boehm is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has served in various ...
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ONE DC is a non-profit organization consisting of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders. This includes nurses from all settings and specialties, who hold positions as nurse executives, administrators, nurse managers, nurse educators, nursing quality managers, nursing staff leaders and researchers from across the District of Columbia. The organization addresses the nursing workforce, administration, education, evidence-based practice, research, health policy, and professional practice issues. ONE DC Officers: Denise Boehm – President CNO at Washington DC VA Medical Center Laura Hendricks-Jackson – Treasurer CNO at Sibley Memorial Hospital Hazel ...
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Highlights This report summarizes utilization data for DCHA member health care facilities through May 2020 as the COVID-19 peak in April 2020 appeared to wane slightly. This pattern can be seen throughout the report with the exception of newborn and neonatal admissions. The graph below compares the percentage change for April and May from a January 2020 baseline. Note: The January 2020 volume baseline was selected for pre-COVID impact baseline as earlier comparisons were influenced by Providence Hospital data and other time-sensitive variables. All three metrics (acute care admissions, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries) show modest improvements. ...
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COVID-19 affected many service lines in DC hospitals during the month of April 2020. The graphs and tables in this report show the impact as reflected in utilization metrics in comparison to previous months. Observing the trends in data reflecting indicators such as admissions, patient days and capacity are helpful in visualizing the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals in the District. Hospitals experienced their lowest volume of admissions, emergency visits and ambulatory surgeries for the time period presented during the month of April 2020. Percentage change for March and April 2020 from the same month in 2019 is depicted in the chart below for reference. Hospitals ...
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Recently the Trump Administration rolled back regulations prohibiting discrimination against our transgender patients, family members, associates and friends. The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) and its member hospitals are committed to treating all individuals that walk through our doors with dignity, respect and compassion no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs or values. This commitment to providing a caring environment echoes through our hallways, operating rooms and emergency departments every day of the year.  Fifty-one years after Stonewall, we believe it’s important to make it clear that discrimination ...
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The events of this past week around racial injustice have weighed heavily on all of us here at the District of Columbia Hospital Association. The tragic loss of George Floyd (MN), Breonna Taylor (KY) and Ahmaud Arbery (GA) weighs heavy on our hearts and the hurt being felt by so many people is palpable. Because of a lack of progressive change when it comes to equity in health care, economic opportunity and other systemic issues of racial disparity, we have reached a tipping point. The root of the injustice and disparities being protested is a reality we must face and work to resolve. We see it, hear it, experience it. DCHA believes that diversity, equity and ...
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The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries.  Inpatient admissions for acute and specialty care remained relatively stable with only slight declines for the year of 1.5% and 1.2% respectively. There was a statistically significant decrease in ED visits in 2019. The principal cause appears to be the closure of the Providence Hospital Emergency Department in April 2019. Other hospitals  throughout the city experienced disproportionate changes. When compared with 2018, four hospitals had decreased ED visits and four had increased ED ...
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Dear Nurses, You are dedicated. You care. You make a difference. We honor you.
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Every day, more than 30,000 dedicated health care professionals go to work in DC hospitals. Thank you to all the HEROES working to take care of us - no matter what!
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