Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018
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George Washington University hospital halts talks to build new hospital in southeastern Mexico

The campus of the United Medical Center in October 2017. (Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post) George Washington University Hospital suspended negotiations with the district for the construction and management of a new hospital at the East of the Anacostia River. The conditions imposed this week by the CD Council to the agreements "made our participation continues potentially impossible and put this project at risk." Kimberly Russo, the hospital director, wrote to the city's administrator, Rashad M. Young, for what she still hopes the new District 8 Hospital could go to. " before. However, she said that this would only happen if council members removed the provisions that they had passed at a meeting on Tuesday. Russo's letter, obtained by the Washington Post, shows that the A long-term effort to replace Dc's distressed public hospital with a new facility serving the mostly poor and Afro-American neighborhoods in southeastern Washington is now suspended. Communication was interrupted before the project supporters feared a quick exit from the agreement by GW Hospital as a result of the council's actions. But the way forward in the negotiations was not immediately clear. DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said in a statement Wednesday evening that the council had "legislated to define specific conditions that should be left at the bargaining table". Bowser said the pause in negotiations with GW hospital officials was "an unfortunate turning point, it does not change our desire to finally provide our residents with a new hospital as part of an integrated health care system. , financially stable and offering strong service lines, alternatives will not be a lasting solution for our residents and our city. "Board vote Tuesday to demand new hospital honor union contracts and employ nurses and others United Health Center – the current downtown, a public hospital – and an affiliation agreement allowing Howard University medical students to work in the hospital, Howard officials complained The increased presence of GW Hospital could prevent them from continuing their activities Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7), a member of DC and chairman of the health committee, who helped lead the construction project for a new hospital, said in a statement that each of these measures would constitute a "poison pill". he was "extremely disappointed" by his council colleagues for approving them. The new terms of the agreement were made in the form of amendments to a bill, drafted by Gray, that would waive the review process generally required for new medical facilities. The Gray and Bowser administration had argued that it was necessary to speed up the construction of the hospital, but the bill was opposed because it would also have dispensed with the review of a significant development of the hospital. specialized services on the current site of the hospital, in Foggy Bottom. After the council approved the amendments, Gray postponed debate on the bill until later this month. .

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