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Mayor Anthony A. Williams
Mayor's Health Care Task Force Issues Draft Report
July 21, 2006




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News Release for Immediate Release
July 21, 2006

Mayor's Health Care Task Force Issues Draft Report

Contact (Media Only): Vince Morris (202) 727-5011; Sharon Gang (202) 727-5011; Leila Abrar, DOH, (202) 841-9232

(Washington, DC) Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced today that he had received a draft report from the Health Care Task Force, which he established to examine alternatives to improving health care in a way that is fiscally sound and beneficial to residents of the District of Columbia, especially those living in the eastern quadrants of the city.

"I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Task Force members, who spent many hours of their own time preparing for and attending Task Force meetings over the past two and a half months,” said Mayor Williams. “Their diligence and the wealth of knowledge and experience that they brought to the table are responsible for the thoughtfulness of these recommendations. I’d also like to thank the experts who contributed their time – especially those who came from outside the District and brought outside perspectives into a local discussion. I would like to give special recognition to the Chair of the Task Force, Dr. Gregg A. Pane, and the staff of the Department of Health whose exemplary assistance culminated in a thoughtful review of health care needs and a productive outcome of these deliberations.”

In fulfillment of the Mayor’s directives to the Task Force members, dated April 19, 2006, the report presents reasonable alternatives to the original National Capital Medical Center proposal for the construction of a hospital on Reservation 13.

Task Force members suggested four plausible options as well as the most preferred set of investments to help improve the health of District residents and enhance access to care across eastern Washington. The options include:

  • A modified version of the proposed National Capital Medical Center that adds systems integration and community components to the original proposal;
  • Renovation of Greater Southeast Community Hospital and upgrade of its trauma capability; investment in additional ambulatory care facility on Reservation 13;
  • A healthplex-type facility at Reservation 13 and additional ambulatory care facilities;
  • No investment in hospital capacity; one or two new ambulatory care facilities; possible expansion or enhancement of existing ambulatory care facilities.

Mayor Williams said he’d study the options, meet with staff and prepare a recommendation in the next few weeks.

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