Prov­i­dence Hos­pi­tal to stay open un­til spring

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Arelis R. Hernán­dez

Two months af­ter a strug­gling North­east Wash­ing­ton hos­pi­tal serv­ing some of the city’s poor­est res­i­dents an­nounced it would close, city health of­fi­cials have ex­er­cised new au­thor­ity to keep the fa­cil­ity open un­til at least the spring.

The Dis­trict of Columbia Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion con­firmed Satur­day that Prov­i­dence Hos­pi­tal, in the Michi­gan Park neigh­bor­hood, will main­tain lim­ited emer­gency ser­vices un­til April 30, with up to 15 in­pa­tient beds for acute cases.

The de­ci­sion delays the plans of hos­pi­tal owner, Prov­i­dence Health Sys­tem, a sub­sidiary of the Catholic health or­ga­ni­za­tion As­cen­sion, which had an­nounced in Septem­ber it would wind down most ser­vices at the 150-year-old in­sti­tu­tion by year’s end.

Of­fi­cials blamed mas­sive op­er­at­ing losses for the move to shut­ter the 283-bed fa­cil­ity in Ward 5. Coun­cil mem­bers were concerned the clo­sure would ex­ac­er­bate ex­ist­ing health dis­par­i­ties and re­move a re­source for the city’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

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