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In nearly nine hours of testimony at Wednesday's Committee on Health roundtable on Providence Hospital, I heard concerns about the planned closure from residents, doctors, nurses, employees, neighbors, policy experts, and executives of other D.C. hospitals. It is clear Providence Hospital plays a critical role in our community and in providing equitable healthcare access to residents throughout the District, in particular Ward 5 and the East End of the city.

We also learned that the D.C. Department of Health (DoH) and State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) lacked clarity to take action when District hospitals seek to close. Following the roundtable, I introduced the “Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Emergency Amendment Act of 2018.” This legislation would provide clarity to the DoH and SHPDA of their role when a hospital in the District seeks to close. The legislation was co-introduced by Councilmember Vincent C. Gray, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Health, and is expected to be voted on by the full Council at the Legislative Meeting on Tuesday, October 16.

I want to thank the many members of the Ward 5 community who attended the hearing and have expressed their views on this issue, as well as Councilmember Gray for holding yesterday’s roundtable and co-introducing this legislation with me. I have renewed my call for the leadership of Ascension Health, the world’s largest Catholic health system, to testify before the Council.

In Service,

In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

Hearing on Providence Hospital

Watch Councilmember McDuffie's opening statement from Wednesday's hearing on Providence Hospital.
Ward 5 residents and leaders were well represented at the roundtable on Wednesday. The photo on the upper left is CM McDuffie listening to testimony from a panel which includes ANC 5A Commissioner and North Michigan Park Civic Association President Grace Lewis and ANC 5B Commissioner John Feeley. We also heard from Friends of the Lamond-Riggs Library President Robert Oliver (upper right); ANC 5C Commissioner Yolanda Odunsi (lower left); Ward 5 resident and community leader Debra Truart (lower right).

Understanding the New Short-Term Rental Legislation

Kenyan in the Community

Edgewood Rec Center Construction Update

Police 5th District Halloween Celebration

Residents are invited to join Metropolitcan Police Department's 5th District for a safe Halloween event at the 5th District on Wednesday, October 31 from 6-9pm. Enjoy music from MPD's Side by Side Band, free food, and free candy as we enjoy a safe Halloween.
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