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Robert A. Malson, President, District of Columbia Hospital Association
Testimony to the Committee on Human Services on DC General Hospital
April 27, 2001




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Testimony Before the Committee on Human Services concerning the Proposed Contract for the Privatization of Health Care Services for the Uninsured

Presented by Robert A. Malson, President
April 27, 2001

Chairperson Allen and members of the Committee on Human Services. I am Robert A. Malson, President of the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA). I appreciate the opportunity to express DCHA's views on the proposed contract between the Financial Control Authority and Greater Southeast Community Hospital for the privatization of health care services for the uninsured.

DCHA Board Members have reviewed the proposed agreement and met yesterday with Mayor Anthony Williams, Alice Rivlin, Ph.D., Chair of the Control Board, and Chief Health Officer, Ivan Walks, M.D., to discuss the proposed contract with Greater Southeast Community Hospital (GSCH) regarding provision of services now rendered by the Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) and D.C. General Hospital (DCGH). Both Mayor Williams and Dr. Rivlin indicated that ongoing communication with hospital leaders would be critical to the success of the proposal.

We had a very good discussion, which focused primarily on three areas of great concern to our hospitals: 

  • Availability of trauma care for the southeastern portion of the District 
  • Access to specialty care, and 
  • Scope of services at the emergency facility remaining at DC General Hospital.

With regard to trauma services, DCHA Board Members strongly suggested that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) be included in any review since they conduct the Trauma Center verifications. In fact, it was recommended that ACS be asked to provide consultants as soon as possible for the transition of trauma services to Greater Southeast.

The Board was pleased that Mayor Williams acknowledged the importance of establishing a good relationship with DCHA and its members since hospitals are on the front line of care for city residents. DCHA looks for ward to working with the new Commission that will provide oversight of the new delivery system, on which the Mayor said would include hospital representation.

DCHA remains committed to monitoring any and all health privatization efforts and will continue working with this Council and the Mayor to ensure that patient care for all who need health care services is provided in the most appropriate setting.

Thank you again for this opportunity to testify. As always, I am glad to answer any questions.

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