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Providence Hospital Plans To Develop Its Campus Into A ‘Health Village’ And Has Stopped Some Services

Emergency entrance at Providence Hospital

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.

Providence Uncorked Showcases Local Restaurants For A Good Cause

Earlier this month we wrote about Providence Uncorked, a great annual event that combines fund raising and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink.  Providence is the hospital nearest to Brookland and is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable,  and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s event took place on Tuesday, November 10 at the nearby Edgewood Arts Center. It was a great opportunity to network, meet the Providence team, and sample delicious food from restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl,  Lou’s City BarSmith Public TrustBrookland’s FinestBrookland PintShaw’s Tavern,  and Arepazone. Check out the photos we took below.

Providence Hospital is located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE and is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC. The Edgewood Arts Center is located at 3415 8th St NE.

Providence Uncorked- Annual Wine, Beer, And Food Event Tuesday

Providence Uncorked 2014
Providence Uncorked 2014

Providence Uncorked is a great annual event that combines raising funds and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink from about 20 local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries.

Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE and is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC. It was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years. Most importantly, it is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable,  and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s event is on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the nearby Edgewood Arts Center. Check out the list of food and drink:

Updated – BNCA Meeting July 15

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007

We would like to share the invitation to this month’s BNCA meeting. We  just learned that Congresswoman Holmes Norton will not be able to attend tonight’s meeting after all. The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm. Here is the original information from the president Tom Bridge:

Neighbors & Friends,

This Tuesday at Howard University School of Divinity (1400 Shepherd St NE) in Room LL-78 (Faculty Dining Room), BNCA will welcome two guest speakers of note:

First, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will be joining BNCA to talk about a wide range of local issues. Congresswoman needs little introduction, as she has been a fixture in District life for many years, and has been our elected Delegate to Congress since 1991. 

Secondly, Dr. E. Anthony Rankin of Providence Hospital is coming to speak about managing hip and knee pain. 

Please also find attached our agenda for Tuesday. Apologies for the late notice – the summer has snuck up on me.

Best,
Tom

Tom Bridge, President
Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
202.525.6475

Providence Hospital Commissions Construction Of New Emergency Department

In February we posted about the plans to overhaul, renovate and improve the Emergency Department at Providence Hospital.  Last week we attended the Commissioning Ceremony for the project. Unlike a groundbreaking ceremony, we learned that a Commissioning Ceremony is more of a religious ceremony that brings the community together in support of the project and asks for blessings for the team and  project.

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Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie spoke at the ceremony about his personal connection to the Hospital, having come there as a patient himself. He also noted how his office has helped to make sure that the community and small businesses are engaged on this project in order to benefit the whole community. Providence’s CEO Amy Freeman spoke passionately about the need to improve Emergency Services, describing the department as the Hospital’s “front door”.  She also described the effort to get funding for the renovation, at the time telling her team, “we are going to write the grant of our lives”. In deed, the $12 million dollar renovation is the largest project for Ascension, Providence’s Healthcare System, for this Fiscal Year.
The ceremony was completed with a prayer, a reading from the Bible and gifts of St. Joseph medals for the members of the Whiting Turner and the KLMK Group Project Managers and teams. A representative from Whiting Turner noted that the project is “not about steel, drywall and paint its about technology, dignity and respect. We are honored to be a part of Providence family”
Work has already started on the renovation by relocating offices within the Hospital to make way for the renovation, which will get underway in earnest this summer. The Emergency Department will get a new layout and expansion, and will benefit from new electric and other infrastructure, resulting in a modern and more efficient facility.

Providence Hospital To Overhaul, Expand Its Emergency Department

Providence Hospital, the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE, will be expanding, modernizing and improving its Emergency Department. We attended a community meeting earlier this week and thought our readers would be interested in hearing about it. 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.

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The current Emergency Department facilities were built to accommodate 27,000 visits a year, but in recent years, they have been actually getting about double that amount of patients. For example, they saw 171 patients last Monday, but the Emergency room is only built for 80 patients at a time. So, the Hospital started crafting a plan to improve and expand their facilities. After getting input from members of the community through venues like ANC meetings, they decided to complete the project much earlier than originally planned.  At first, the expansion was to be complete in 5 years, but now the project is starting earlier and is scheduled to be completed 18 months from now.

One of the immediate improvements, coming next month, will be the integration of the Emergency Department’s electronic medical record system, established in 2001, with rest of hospital’s records. The expansion will be an inward, and by rearranging departments, the Emergency Department will grow from 13,000 to 24,000 square feet; and will incorporate an open floor plan. The management team leading the presentation noted that the focus of these improvements is not to see more patients, per se, but to take better care of existing patients with increased privacy and dignity. One of the things I liked about the new layout is designated areas for patients with specific needs, for example, a separate sexual assault victims area, and another more isolated area for patients in police custody with a waiting area for law enforcement officers. There will be 4 of these “zones”, each with their own exam rooms, doctors, nurses, and other staff.  Another design change will be a smaller general waiting room, because the emphasis will be getting incoming patients where they need to be quicker.

In addition to the new layout and expansion, the department will benefit from new electric and other infrastructure, and an overall modern, and more efficient facility.  Coupled with the physical changes will be a re-thinking about how the Emergency Department conducts its business, and will include a new Human Resources plan. As Dr. Strudwick, Director of the Emergency Department stated “this will not be a new facility with old processes”. For example, one idea the team is considering is creating an application where the public can check Emergency Room wait times on-line and with their smart phones. The expansion will be done in phases, and is expected to be completed by late summer 2014. During construction there will always be a minimum of 33 beds available daily and a mobile trailer will be set up to see people who are not in critical need.  The management team at the meeting was incredibly welcoming and interested in hearing what the public thought. There will more chances for community input in the future, so stay tuned.

Note: Renderings are courtesy of FreemanWhite healthcare consulting.