D.C. hos­pi­tal is com­mited to qual­ity

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USA TO­DAY’s ar­ti­cle “Sewage leaks plague of­fi­cial D.C.’s go-to hos­pi­tal” was a dis­ser­vice to its read­ers and our ded­i­cated teams who, for decades, have sup­ported the na­tion’s cap­i­tal in ev­ery ma­jor cri­sis — from the 9/11 tragedy at the Pen­tagon to the Navy Yard shoot­ing.

It’s es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing that the ar­ti­cle ex­ploits the in­juries and treat­ment of Lou­siana Rep. Steve Scalise to im­ply that a mi­nor plumb­ing leak put the con­gress­man and other pa­tients at risk. The MedS­tar team han­dled the in­ci­dent im­me­di­ately and ef­fec­tively, in­volv­ing an out­side com­pany to cer­tify the room was safe for pa­tient care. No­tably, the in­de­pen­dent Joint Com­mis­sion and D.C. Depart­ment of Health reg­u­larly and rig­or­ously in­spect ev­ery inch of our hos­pi­tal, and we are fully ac­cred­ited.

Fi­nally, MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter is fi­nan­cially strong. Even when we’ve faced bud­get strains (as most hos­pi­tals do) we’ve in­vested in pro­grams to im­prove qual­ity and safety. We will never wa­ver from this vi­tally im­por­tant com­mit­ment to our pa­tients and the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. John Sul­li­van Pres­i­dent MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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