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2018 marks 40 years of the District of Columbia Hospital Association's (DCHA) collaboration with members on important issues facing D.C. hospitals and the community. This past year, D.C. hospitals adopted a resolution of commitment to foster a culture of quality and patient safety that drives positive health outcomes for patients, staff and the community. DCHA is proud to be involved in facilitating collaborative actions and convening community stakeholders to drive improvement across the District of Columbia and the region. We celebrate the work of our members and the broader D.C. health care community in improving patient safety and health care quality ...
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Washington, D.C. - The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary as the  unifying force advancing hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia. DCHA is hosting an educational symposium on Nov. 15, DISRUPTION! Relevance, Impact & The Road Ahead for Health Care at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, featuring keynoters, thought leaders and presenters conversing about disruption in the marketplace, consumerism, leveraging technology, pay for performance, workforce resiliency and other important topics impacting hospitals, health care providers and patients. The symposium will explore ...
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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 ...
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Emergency codes are important announcements to ensure facilities operate in accordance with their mission and to the best of their capabilities. The Department of Homeland Security released a report in 2008 citing the importance of using standardized plain language codes. The report writes, “The use of plain language (clear text) in emergency management and incident response is a matter of public safety, especially the safety of emergency management/response personnel and those affected by the incident. It is critical that all those involved with an incident know and use commonly established operational structures, terminology, policies and procedures. ...
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Washington, DC – July 25, 2018 – Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) released a statement on Providence Health System’s announcement regarding their pending service changes. “Hospitals and health systems across the country have been adapting to the future delivery of health care and the District’s hospitals have not been immune from these changes,” said Jacqueline D. Bowens, President & CEO of the District of Columbia Hospital Association. “As the industry shifts toward a population health focus, health systems continue to identify ways to strengthen collaborations between acute care and community-based services, to meet people ...
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Chronic diseases are a serious problem for District of Columbia residents and health care providers.  With residents’ rates of obesity and diabetes at a critical high ( Obesity:   Adults 22%, High School Students 15%,   Diabetes:   8.5%, At-Risk for Diabetes 6.55%), the linkage between sugar consumption and chronic disease can no longer be ignored.  Reduction and elimination of sugary beverages, as well as public education on healthier dietary options, is an imperative to moving the needle on a healthier community. To that end, DCHA has been working with the DC Department of Health (DOH) on an initiative to reduce the availability of sugary beverages, ...
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On November 9th, the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Board of Directors elected Kimberly Russo, MS, Chief Executive Officer of The George Washington University Hospital as Chair of the Board, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Russo has been in her role as CEO of The GWU hospital since May 2016, prior to which, she served as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Russo has extensive clinical and operational experience, and among her many accolades, was recognized in 2010 as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 2016 “Playmakers,” and named an honoree of “Women Who Mean Business.” “I am happy to welcome Kim as our next Board Chair. Even prior to stepping ...
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Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association released their  2016 Hospital Utilization Indicators Report .  This report provides comparative data on health care facility utilization in the District of Columbia, data is self-reported by the individual facilities in the Monthly Utilization Survey managed by the Association.  Data from the 2016 report does not include the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the HSC Pediatric Center. 2016 Utilization Indicators Trends: Inpatient Admissions   have decreased slightly to 128,463 down approximately 0.4%, compared to the 2015 data. Newborn Deliveries   increased to 14,178 up approximately ...
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Contact: Justin Palmer , Vice President, Government Relations (202)289-6212 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION RELEASES ITS VISION FOR EXPANDING ACCESS AND ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ON THE CITY’S EAST END October 16, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association released a position paper outlining its vision for a health care system on the city’s East End. The document outlines our views and highlights the aspects we believe are critical to making health services for residents of Wards 7 & 8 sustainable. We have been very clear that a new acute care facility ...
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In the wake of the destruction caused by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma, many of the District’s hospitals have expressed an interest in working collectively with the Association on relief efforts.  To this end,   DCHA has created several avenues for DC hospital – and staff –  to support all of those who have been affected by these natural disasters.   Here’s How You Can Help! The DC Hospital Association  has created a special  Red Cross donation page  for the District’s hospitals – and their staff – to pledge support or make a financial contribution. To make a donation to the Red Cross, please visit their website. DCHA  is  in the process of setting ...
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On Tuesday, June 20th, the District of Columbia Hospital Association held its inaugural Patient Safety Summit, Back to Basics: Creating a Community Culture of Safety at the Milken Institute School of Public Health on the campus of The George Washington University.  The event was an overwhelming success.  With over 150 registrants and a robust and content rich agenda, attendees were provided the opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and network, highlighting their continued commitment to providing safe and high quality patient care here in the District. “The DCHA’s inaugural Patient Safety Summit was a spectacular success and I was extremely ...
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