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DC Healthcare Jobs Increase as United Improves

Posted on November 13, 2008

The previous sale of a then-doomed hospital has since created many new DC healthcare jobs.

About a year ago, Greater Southeast Community Hospital was sold to Specialty Hospital of Washington, and since that time the facility has made continued progress. By the end of this year, the hospital will have doubled its employees and created 800 healthcare jobs through the Long Term Acute Care program, Skilled Nursing Center and overall expansion of the hospital and emergency room.

Before the sale, Greater Southeast was facing losses of about $1.2 million per month and the hospital was under consideration for closure because of neglect and mismanagement. Today those financial losses have nearly been eliminated, according to a press release.

“We are making tremendous progress to improve the quality of healthcare that is available to the residents of the District of Columbia, particularly those living east of the Anacostia River,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said in the article. “Our accomplishments at the one-year mark are just the beginning of what we hope to achieve at United Medical Center.”

Washington D.C. entered into a public-private partnership with Specialty last year, investing $79 million in public financing toward the purchase of the facility and renaming it United Medical Center. The agreement also allowed for significant new investments in medical equipment and building improvements. Following the agreement, Specialty hired Quorum Health Resources, a healthcare management consulting firm, to provide management advice to the hospital’s owners and help re-staff senior and middle management.

During the first year after the sale, the hospital has made numerous capital and equipment upgrades and service expansions. United also has reapplied for Joint Commission accreditation status.

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