Rally to Save Quality Care in the District!May 17, 2019
On Tuesday, the DC Council voted to severely limit the care and services that will be available at United Medical Center, the only hospital east of the Anacostia River. The Council cut $25 million in funding intended for the hospital from the proposed budget, and capped the DC subsidy at $15 million a year in all future years.
The detrimental affects of this action are already being felt. Staff at the hospital were notified on Monday of a first round of layoffs for 100 people, more than 10% of the current staff. More layoffs are likely. This will have an extreme impact on patient care in Ward 7 and 8 and will have a ripple effect on already overburdened hospitals, especially in Emergency Rooms, across DC.
The Council is anticipating a new hospital to open on the St. Elizabeths campus around 2023. Until then, UMC is the only hospital in Wards 7 or 8.
This dangerous proposal will become law if we don't reverse it by May 28. Join us Tuesday, May 28th at 9 A.M., as we rally to demand that the DC City Council not cut funding for United Medical Center.