On Tuesday, representatives of the District of Columbia Hospital Association testified in support of the Mayor’s proposed $287 million budget for the Department of Health. Dr. Richard O. Davis, President of Sibley Memorial Hospital and Chair of the DCHA Board of Directors, Dr. Denice Cora-Bramble, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Health Services for Children’s National Health System, and Dr. Hugh Mighty, Dean and Vice President of Clinical Affairs of the Howard University College of Medicine testified on behalf of the Association.
In addition to supporting the Department’s proposed budget, the DCHA panel testified on the hospitals’ role in the District’s health care continuum and their role in improving community health through the numerous programs and initiatives provided and sponsored by the city’s hospitals. Dr. Davis noted that DC hospitals provided over 1.1 million days of patient care and handled 551,000 visits to their emergency departments in 2015.
The panel also outlined how the hospitals are committed to ensuring residents and visitors of the District have access to care regardless of their ability to pay. According to DCHA’s testimony, during their last fiscal years, DCHA members provided over $101 million in uncompensated care and spent another $219 million on community benefits. The community investments include $168 million in health professional education, $28 million in subsidized health services, $10 million in community health improvements and over $11 million in medical research.
The Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a hearing on the Department of Health Care Finance’s budget on Wednesday, April 27th at 10 AM in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.