Whither United Medical Center?

March 18, 2013

United Medical Center, the former Greater Southeast Community Hospital,  in 2008. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

By every measure except money, the city-owned United Medical Center has been a success. Patient volumes are growing steadily, new partnerships have met expectations, and the hospital’s physical plant is looking better than it has in years. But with 90 percent of its patients having government-paid insurance or no insurance at all and with city officials only grudgingly committed to ongoing subsidies, its financial picture remains cloudy. Hospital officials say they will soon approach the city for another major cash infusion, a year after the city pumped in nearly $14 million to make up for lost federal funding. Meanwhile, a consulting team on a $12.7 million contract is digging into ways to improve the hospital’s management, but there’s confusion over what precisely they’ve been hired to do.

In other news:

Arrest made in North Capitol Street drive-by shooting; suspect’s GPS bracelet places him at the scene (PostWaTimesExaminer)

Among broken FEMS equipment: Foam truck assigned to veep’s chopper (Post)

Better management must trump the department’s “dysfunctional politics” (Post editorial)

Michael Brown outpolls Anita Bonds among Ward 8 Democrats (Post)

Key witness’s reluctance to testify in murder case raises questions about intimidation (Post)

Surveillance video suggests woman waved goodbye to her alleged rapist/Uber driver (Post)

New D.C. Vote leader: “Statehood and voting rights are in our near future” (WaTimes)

Activists say they will sue over school closings by month’s end (Post)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker wants to join the school takeover party (Post)

Vince Gray should show “sense of urgency” and get behind KIPP high school plans (Post editorial)

Proposed Sibley cancer center sparks war between MedStar and Johns Hopkins (Washingtonian)

New Spingarn could graduate taxi drivers (Examiner)

Metro may remove carpet from older rail cars (Dr. Gridlock)

In girls hoops league dispute, common sense prevails (Post column)

PERB steps in to DYRS labor dispute (WaTimes)

DCPS school budgets have not been kind to librarians (GGW)

Eric Washington wants a third term leading the D.C. Court of Appeals (Legal Times)

Wal-Mart exec says anti-Wal-Mart bill is bad for the city (Post op-ed)

Anita Bonds e-mail: “Mitt Romney on the D.C. Council” (Loose LipsExaminer)

Son of Howard professor is shot dead outside Deanwood apartment building (Post)

Off-duty D.C. cop shoots at person who tried to steal his car in Clinton, Md. (Post)

Man gets 25 years for beating toddler to death (Post)

Man gets 78 years for posing as taxi driver, raping three women (WTOP)

Man accused of setting fire that killed 4-year-old Samauri Jenkins will remain in jail (Post)

Brasilia is D.C.’s newest sister city (DCist)

Utah congressman wants to scrap Eisenhower memorial design (WAMU-FM)

Long-vacant property at 7th and H streets NW will become super duper Walgreens (DCist)

Cathy Lanier hit the Pink show last week (Reliable Source)

Meet the Stewards, Georgetown’s hilarious answer to Skull and Bones (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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