Infographic on DC's public health statistics by GWU Milken School of Public Health
is a good excuse to re-visit past blog entries on creating an integrated public health and health care system that serves the city's impoverished, with a focus on programming, managing chronic conditions ("When the problem is defects in the structure of "the market", financial incentives won't do much good: Maryland's health enterprise zones"), and improving the city's poorly functioning EMS system ("Here's the person to hire to manage the EMS department in DC" and "Recent death from failure of DC FEMS personnel to act").
I need to check in with the progress of St. Anthony Hospital in Chicago, where they are building a new hospital but repositioning it as a multifaceted community hub, which they call FocalPoint. See:
-- Creating Community-Centric Hospitals in Lower Socio-Economic Areas: A Study in Chicago's Near Southwest Side, Summary of Research
From the Chicago Tribune article "Chicago safety-net hospitals face uncertain future amid changes to health care system: Area has 20 safety-net hospitals, which are a stop-gap medical system for the poor":
St. Anthony embarked on its turnaround after assessing the needs of its community and tailoring its services to match. It now functions as a de facto community hub, teaching language classes and hosting courses for people studying to take high-school equivalency tests. It also added health services like dialysis and occupational health and expanded its infusion, pediatric and maternal centers.
"If you're doing what the community needs, you become very valuable to them," Medaglia said. "And to continue to serve them, you really have to think out of the box. You have to think: What can we do that's different, that can service this community at a lower cost and higher quality?"
St. Anthony is pushing forward with plans to build a 1 million-square-foot commercial development at 31st Street and Kedzie Avenue anchored by a 100-bed replacement hospital.That would be a good model for what DC could do with a revitalized United Medical Center ("United Medical Center is on financial upswing," Post) which I was hoping was the basis of the now jettisoned proposal by Mayor Gray to build a new hospital replacing the current facility, adjacent to the St. Elizabeths campus in Congress Heights ("New Ward 8 hospital will be floated," Post") which could even be developed as a system in association with Howard University Hospital, which has some financial issues of its own ("Howard University Hospital bottom line: $21M loss," Washington Business Journal).
The $430 million Focal Point development is slated to be built on 11 acres acquired from the city for $1 by a nonprofit affiliated with St. Anthony. The complex is set to include two schools, retail stores, a child-care center, an indoor recreation facility and an athletic field.
Masters in Public Health program at George Washington University.
Among the many facts presented are that 35% of DC's children are obese and the city's poverty rate, at 19%, is higher than the national average.
On the other hand, we have lots of hospitals...