Hospital staff and locals protested proposed cuts to the hospital before the DC Council’s budget vote Tuesday.
The D.C. Council is giving United Medical Center about $22 million as part of the new District budget, up from the $15 million subsidy cap that was passed at a first budget reading two weeks ago.
Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray’s legacy hinges on his ability to bring a new, equitable health care system to the residents of Southeast D.C. His newest plan to get it done has critics asking: At what cost?
D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to close the District’s only public hospital within four years, ending six decades of turbulent history at the only full-service hospital in the low-income and predominantly African American neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.
Danielle Lloyd endured pregnancy in the food and maternal care desert that is Southeast D.C. She worried about the 40-minute drive from her home to the hospital.