Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE. In 2014 the hospital completed a modernized emergency room. Recently we learned from an article in The Washington Business Journal that the hospital is looking for a development partner to create a “health village” on their 30-acre campus. From the article:
Retail, housing and recreation space may soon replace Providence Health System’s Northeast D.C. hospital…Providence wants to provide services that can impact the overall health of the community outside of “traditional health care.” That means affordable housing, retail, education and other social services could all be part of the new plan to replace the traditional hospital building.
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. It will be interesting to see if and how this legacy will be reflected in their plans.
We also learned through another Washington Business Journal article that the hospital has already started cutting back services. From the article:
Providence Health System plans to close two service lines — inpatient behavioral health services and maternal infant health services — within the next few weeks, costing at least 89 people their jobs.
While there are few details on the development available yet, we will definitely keep our eyes on this potential development.