Celebrate Health Care Appreciation Night at D.C. United

Come cheer on D.C. United as they take on Cincinnati on July 3 at 7:30 pm at Audi Field. Health care workers from D.C. hospitals receive discounted tickets to the match.

Get Ready to Walk to Wellness

The Healthy Hospital Initiative has launched its second Walk to Wellness Step Challenge for all hospital and health care workers in the District. Dust off your shoes and walk for your wellness and win! Join your colleagues from across the District for a friendly competition to improve your health and well-being — and to start a healthily habit. It’s easy, just sign up, download the app and start walking. You can walk as an individual or gather your co-workers to create a team of up to eight. Please register by May 31, 2024.

Details:

  • Four-week challenge: June 3 – June 28, 2024
  • Target steps for individuals is 500K or more
  • Target steps for a team of four is 2M or more
  • Target steps for a team of eight is 4M or more
  • Participants must stay active for all four weeks to be eligible to receive a prize.
  • The individual and team with the most steps will be awarded the winner.

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February 2024 Utilization Report

Highlights: Looking at average daily volumes, all five of the highlighted metrics (Fig. 1) saw an increase in volumes from January to February 2024: acute care admissions went from -13% in January to -10% in February below pre-COVID baselines, and emergency department visits went from -25% to -23% and psychiatric admissions went from -21% to -18% below baselines in February. Observation admissions and ambulatory surgeries both continue to show recovery to pre-COVID baselines going from -3% to 6% and 0% to 9% above baseline respectively.

 

 

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January 2024 Utilization Report

Highlights:
Fluctuations primarily below pre-COVID volumes were observed across utilization metrics this month. Acute care admissions saw a slight increase going from -14% below pre-COVID baseline last month to -13% this month as emergency visits and psychiatric admissions decrease, going from -19% to -25% and -17% to -21% below baseline, respectively.

Aggregate specialty hospital admissions remained above the 15-month median this month after the dip in November 2023. The highest volume of monthly admissions occurred in August 2023. BridgePoint National Harborside experienced their highest monthly volume for the 15-month period included in this report during the most recent seven months, while Psychiatric Institute of Washington posted their second highest volume this month.

 

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Congratulations Chefs! Healthy Hospital Initiative’s Live Cooking Competition Winners

On April 6, DCHA’s Healthy Hospital Initiative hosted its annual, live Chef Cooking Competition. Hospital chefs competed in six categories to showoff their creativity and skills. Hospital chefs showcased low-sodium and low-sugar recipes using the special ingredient of basil. A panel of judges rated the dishes on taste, appearance, nutritional value, and creativity of the use of a special ingredient. Chefs and their teams presented an entrée, side dish and beverage or dessert. The entrée was required to have less than 600mg of sodium and no added caloric sweetener. The side dish and dessert or beverage was required to have less than 230mg of sodium and no added caloric sweetener. Congratulations to all of the winners and a special shoutout to the event venue, DC Central Kitchen.

Overall Winners

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Third Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nutrition & Creativity

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Third Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Taste & Appearance

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Matthew Galo & Carmelito Diaz, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Best  Entrée

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital and Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Second Place: Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Erika Smith, Tony Shelton & Ashley Lyles, BridgePoint Hospital National Harborside

Best Side Dish

  • First Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • Third Place: Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; Matthew Galo & Carmelito Diaz, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and, Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Best Dessert/Beverage

  • First Place: Emmanuel Ferguson, Shevonia Dawkins & Joseph Redfearn, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Second Place: Breyon Williams & Bonita Bolden, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and Heather Garcia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Third Place: Tiffany Jhingory & Danisha Chase, Howard University Hospital

Children’s National is Dedicated to Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Community

Children’s National physicians, nurses, researchers and staff often spearhead and lead new outreach efforts. The hospital has many programs and initiatives focused on community health and wellbeing, and school-based and educational partnerships. From responding to the emergency needs of the community to delivering care in schools and supporting kids with asthma to efforts to prevent injuries, Children’s National is dedicated and committed to more than just medicine.

 

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Health Care & Innovation Summit 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. DCHA will present awards to two individuals; one clinical and one nonclinical, who are working to transform health care through leadership, collaboration, and improvement strategies within their hospitals and who exemplify a dedication to continued delivery of essential services, a commitment to patient safety, and unwavering efforts to delivering 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 Health Care & Innovation Summit on October 30, 2024. Complete nominations by June 21, 2024.

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Calendar Year 2023 Utilization Report

The charts and tables in this publication are intended to provide aggregate and comparative data on health care facility utilization in the District of Columbia. This report includes a new psychiatric admission breakout for civil commitment admissions. Please note, though not annotated on every graphic, the impact of the closure of Providence Hospital– Ascension in the Spring of 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in the Spring of 2020 can be seen in utilization patterns throughout this report.

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How to Attract, Engage, and Retain Top VETERAN Talent in 2024

It’s time to move beyond being ‘military-friendly’ and take the next step: becoming truly military-ready. Understanding the challenges veterans face while transitioning out of active service and into civilian careers is critical to successfully onboarding, engaging, and retaining US veterans. In this webinar Military Connected will dive into these topics, in order to help attendees take the first step towards properly serving America’s military-connected community. An open Q&A will be conducted at the end of the webinar to answer any questions, or provide further insight.

 

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