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A hospital on the mend

At United Medical Center, the “change train” has arrived. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

What’s next for United Medical Center, the city-owned hospital on Southern Avenue SE? Nearly 18 months into a two-year turnaround, key financial and patient care metrics are on the upswing: More patients are coming in the door, and the hospital is getting paid for their care. More doctors are on staff and key investments are in the works. But the fate of a $300 million-plus proposal to build a new hospital is on ice as the mayoral race proceeds, as is the long-running search for a private partner for the facility. At this point, city officials admit the turnaround contract may have to be extended to deal with the political uncertainty.

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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