Providence Hospital is having a grand opening celebration of its new Emergency Department on Thursday October 16 from 5 pm to 7pm. The ceremony will be held on the Emergency Department parking lot on 12th Street. All are invited to attend. Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE. Last year we wrote about how the hospital will be expanding, modernizing and improving its Emergency Department. The renovation includes an expansion from 13,000 to 24,000 square feet; and the creation of 4 zones for patients with specific needs – each with their own exam rooms, doctors, nurses, and other staff. Providence Hospital is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC, was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years.