Healthy Hospital Initiative Reveals Winners of the Third Annual Cooking Competition

The DCHA Program Services Company, Inc, the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s non-profit arm, awarded its third Healthy Hospital Initiative (HHI) Cooking Competition winners, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. DCHA recognized the exceptional teams and individuals for their best, plant-based healthy dishes. The teams and individuals were recognized at a virtual reveal on May 25.

“We are so pleased to recognize and celebrate individuals and teams for working to make hospital food healthy and delicious for patients, staff and the community,” said DCHA President & CEO Jacqueline D. Bowens. “For more than five years, DC hospitals have made healthy meal options a priority. These hospitals and chefs made mouth-watering dishes proving that healthfulness is possible whether cooking for one or 100.”

The 2023 HHI Cooking Competition Awards were given to the following hospitals and individuals:

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Overall Winner

  • Chef Artis Crum

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Best Entrée

  • Open-Faced Purple Carrots Ravioli

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: Best Side Dish

  • Carrot Cilantro Couscous Salad

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Best Dessert

  • Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Taste & Appearance

  • Chef Artis Crum

Psychiatric Institute of Washington: Originality & Video Quality

  • Chef Kevin Brown

MedStar Washington Hospital Center: Nutrition & Creativity

  • Chef Matthew Galo

The dishes used carrots as the plant-based, secret ingredient, to make their dishes unique, creative, and delicious. Winners were presented with trophies, monetary awards, and most importantly, bragging rights on what hospital has the most delicious food.

Watch the recording of the reveal.


The Healthy Hospital Initiative is a partnership between the DCHA Program Services Company, Inc., and DC Health to reduce the availability and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and sodium intake, and to promote healthier choices in district hospitals.


Health Care Workers’ Appreciation Night at D.C. United

Come cheer on D.C. United on June 17 as they take on Real Salt Lake! DCHA members receives discounted tickets to the match. Use the link below to access up to 20% off D.C. United tickets.

BridgePoint Healthcare Opens First Ever In-Home Dialysis Unit

BridgePoint Healthcare, a leading post-acute health care provider, announced the grand opening of its new In-Home Dialysis Unit at their National Harborside location. BridgePoint Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation National Harborside will be the only skilled nursing facility in the Washington, D.C. area with the ability to provide in-home dialysis to its ventilator dependent residents, who previously had to transfer out of the District for those services. The state-of-the-art facility will be fully operational in June 2023. The in-home dialysis unit is located within the skilled nursing facility, providing residents with convenient access to a comprehensive range of medical services. The unit features the latest technology in dialysis equipment and offers individualized care plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.

DCHA is Hiring a Program Manager

Come work for the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA), an amazing, growing association, as a Program Manager for the Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC).

The role of the position is to foster the work of the District’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative, as well as DCHA and its members, through management of the day-to-day operations of the PQC and associated projects, data analytics, quality improvement processes and liaison activities in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals.

Thank You Hospitals, Nurses and All Health Care Workers

May is a month to celebrate and honor our hospitals, health care workers and nurses who have sacrificed so much in the last few years. Nurses are the heart of heath care and hospitals help miracles happen! The District of Columbia Hospital Association loves our DC health care community!

Every day, more than 30,000 dedicated health care professionals go to work in DC hospitals. Thank you to all the HEROES working to take care of us – no matter what!

National Nurses Week, May 6-12
Nurses bring vast knowledge and expertise to every health care setting across a wide range of specialties, serving patients and communities throughout the continuum of life and care. Our nurses truly make a difference by influencing and shaping health policy decisions that ensure all people have access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage. From assisting with life-threatening ER crises to delivering babies and caring for the elderly in their last moments, nurses perform some of the most difficult and heartbreaking tasks in the medical world. As workers who perform the most essential health care tasks, nurses serve as the first point of contact for most patients. National Nurses Week honors their contributions and sacrifices and reminds us to thank the medical professionals who keep us healthy. The impact nurses make on health care is unparalleled. THANK YOU!

National Hospital Week, May 7-13
DCHA is recognizing the amazing people who work in America’s hospitals and health systems. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, this important week gives us all the opportunity to highlight our hospitals, health systems and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members. The people who comprise our hospitals and health care workforce are your neighbors, friends, and family members. Hospital and health care workers have worked tirelessly to treat patients and help their communities remain healthy throughout the pandemic, and every day. We are grateful for our hospitals and caregivers. Our hospitals are honored to serve the people in our communities and beyond. THANK YOU!

#HospitalProud #NursesWeek

Patient Safety & Quality Award Nominations are Open

Individuals working in District of Columbia hospitals strive every day to deliver compassionate, quality and safe patient care. DCHA is honored to highlight the incredible work of our member hospitals and their champions through a generous contribution from Ascension Health. DCHA will present awards to two individuals; one clinical and one nonclinical, who are managing change in an environment of competing priorities in their hospitals, and who exemplify dedication to continued delivery of essential services, commitment to patient safety, and unwavering efforts to deliver quality patient care. Award nominations must showcase how individuals go above and beyond normal daily work to manage and support hospital staff, patients, caregivers and the community. Awards will be presented during the Patient Safety & Quality Summit on November 14, 2023. Complete nominations by June 30, 2023.

February 2023 Utilization Report

Looking at the average daily volumes, there is a noted increase in utilization across most hospitals going from January to February 2022. Acute care admissions increased by two percentage points compared to pre-COVID baselines going from -17% in January to -11% in February, while Emergency Department admissions changed from -28% to -24% in the same time period. On the other hand, observation admissions remained consistent at 6% over baseline, and average daily ambulatory surgeries saw the biggest increase in volumes going from -9% below baseline in January to 3% over baseline in February. Average daily psychiatric admissions are the only metric that saw a slight decline in volumes from January to February (see Fig. 1). Digging further, all hospitals except for two saw a decline in psychiatric admissions this month, three of which had their lowest volumes in the past 15 months as presented in Table 7 of the report.

New Opioid Response Podcasts Released

Dr. Laura Haselden, an emergency medicine physician and podcast host, discusses topics such as X-Waiver, Buprenorphine Dosing, Prescribing, Safety and Clinical Decisions and Understanding Precipitated Withdrawal. Three new podcasts have been added to our training library.

Introduction to the Literature Review and Background of Peer Services
This podcast introduces the literature, evidence, and training on the use of peer support and counseling, and shares perspective and recommendations.

Peer Recovery Coach vs. Outreach Coach: The Peer’s Role and Training and Skills
This podcast introduces a peer recovery and outreach coach in the District of Columbia, and discusses the difference between a peer recovery coach and outreach coach.

The Invaluable Perspective and Expertise as a Peer Recovery Coach with Lived Experience
This podcast discusses patient encounters and approaches to patient care, including methods of patient motivation, patient hesitancy to take Suboxone, and the importance of a peer network.

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