Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Department of Health Director (DOH) Pierre N.D. Vigilance doled out $51 million to bolster primary and emergency care in the District today.
The grants were issued based on the Rand report, issued in June, and is based on money from the city's tobacco settlement.
DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), which will receive $29,755,000 to support four primary care development projects in Wards 2, 4 and 8 that will provide 100,000 more primary care visits.
Washington Hospital Center will receive $10 million for the ER One project, which increases emergency care for peak patient flow during daily surge and in the event of a mass casualty incident;
$11 million dollars will be awarded to United Medical Center (UMC) to establish a pediatric emergency department east of the Anacostia River through a partnership with Children's National Medical Center (CNMC).
"For too long, many segments of the District have gone without much-needed access to primary care and timely emergency care," Fenty said. "With this announcement, we begin the targeted investment of millions of dollars to ensure that all residents of the District have adequate access to quality health care services."