Sibley Memorial Hospital Addresses Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with its Ward Infinity Program


Ward Infinity is designed to partner with change agents to magnify and accelerate their capacity to radically improve underinvested communities’ health and well-being by reducing health disparities and building health equity through community-driven solutions. We partner with founders in Washington, D.C. that have an impact and show a commitment to creating wealth and solving for social determinants of health that significantly impact Wards 7 & 8. The goals of the program are to eliminate disparities, increase inclusion, build trust and ensure viability. The program also addresses food, relationships, environment, health technology and health care systems.

May 2023 Utilization Report

Highlights: A generalized increase in utilization metrics with respect to pre-COVID baselines was observed for May 2023 compared to April. All hospitals saw an increase in acute care admissions with totals going from -18% below baseline in April to -13% this month. Emergency department visits presented their highest volume in the past 15 months increasing from -22% below pre-COVID baselines in April to -18% this month. Observation admissions saw the biggest increase in volumes going from 15% in April to 34% over baseline in May, and psychiatric admissions and ambulatory surgeries also increased going from -25% to -20% and -5% to 6% over baseline respectively.

New Series of Opioid Response Podcasts Released

Dr. Laura Haselden, an emergency medicine physician and podcast host, will discuss topics such as X-Waiver, Buprenorphine Dosing, Prescribing, Safety and Clinical Decisions and Understanding Precipitated Withdrawal.

All About the X-Waiver: Buprenorphine Dosing
This podcast will discuss the X-waiver, which is needed to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
Buprenorphine: Background, Safety & Considerations for Clinical Decisions
This podcast will focus on buprenorphine as a form of MOUD that is most accessible from the ED, with details on the basic pharmacology, safety, buprenorphine with naloxone, and other background to support clinical decision making for patients.
Understanding Precipitated Withdrawal
This podcast will focus on understanding participate withdrawal and patient considerations when prescribing buprenorphine.
Prescribing Buprenorphine in the ED: Effective Strategies for Physicians
This podcast will provide more information on which patients would benefit from buprenorphine in the ED, how to use peer recovery coaches and preparing for next steps for patients after they received buprenorphine.

Nurses: Get Involved

ONE-DC is a non-profit organization consisting of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders. This includes nurses from all settings and specialties, who hold positions as nurse executives, administrators, nurse managers, nurse educators, nursing quality managers, nursing staff leaders and researchers from across the District of Columbia. The organization addresses the nursing workforce, administration, education, evidence-based practice, research, health policy, and professional practice issues.

The mission of ONE-DC is to strengthen and promote nursing leadership and networking, to advance and advocate for the Nursing profession and to drive positive health outcomes for patients, staff, and the community.

The vision of ONE-DC is to shape the future of nursing and health care for the District of Columbia through innovative leadership, evidence-based practice, and education.

ONE-DC is a non-profit organization consisting of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders. This includes nurses from all settings and specialties, who hold positions as nurse executives, administrators, nurse managers, nurse educators, nursing quality managers, nursing staff leaders and researchers from across the District of Columbia. The organization addresses the nursing workforce, nursing wellness and resiliency, administration, education, evidence-based practice, research, health policy, and professional practice issues.

ONE-DC Officers:

Denise Boehm – President
CNO at Washington DC VA Medical Center

Laura Hendricks-Jackson – Treasurer
CNO at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Hazel Darisse – Secretary
Assistant CNO at George Washington University Hospital

Jennifer Hirt, MPA
Senior Director, Communications & Member Engagement
District of Columbia Hospital Association
1152 15th Street NW | Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
202-682-1584 |

Member Profile: Denise Boehm, RN

Meet Your ONE-DC President, Denise Boehm, RN

Ms. Denise Boehm was named Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive in September 2017. She previously served as Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System in Clarksburg, West Virginia. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to her roles in executive leadership, she served Veterans and staff at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a staff nurse, critical care nurse educator, nurse manager of the Emergency Department and associate chief nurse for Primary Care. Ms. Boehm is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has served in various professional organizations to include: local chapters of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses where she coordinated education and community support events. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership and Education from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive-Advanced. Ms. Boehm completed the Network Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute (NEHCLI) and the Nurse Executive Leadership Program at the Federal Executive Institute and is a coach for the Healthcare Leadership Development Program. Ms. Boehm has been an Adjunct Nursing Faculty member at Carlow University and Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Join The DC Hospitals In Supporting Those Affected By Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

In the wake of the destruction caused by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma, many of the District’s hospitals have expressed an interest in working collectively with the Association on relief efforts.  To this end, DCHA has created several avenues for DC hospital – and staff –  to support all of those who have been affected by these natural disasters.

Here’s How You Can Help!

  1. The DC Hospital Association has created a special Red Cross donation page for the District’s hospitals – and their staff – to pledge support or make a financial contribution. To make a donation to the Red Cross, please visit their website.
  2. DCHA is in the process of setting up an amazon contributions page where needed items – including diapers and water – can be purchased and sent directly to the affected areas.  DCHA will provide an update to our members once this amazon page is up and running – with instructions on how to make your purchases count toward the relief effort.
  3. Texas Hospital Association: All of us know, when disaster strikes, hospital employees work around the clock to serve emergency response efforts.  To help those employees and their families who were affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Hospital Association has created a Hospital Employee Assistance Fund. Money donated to this fund will go to Texas hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the devastating destruction caused by the hurricane.
    To make a donation to this employee assistance fund, please visit their website.
  4. Florida Hospital Association: In that same effort, the Florida Hospital Association has set up their own employee assistance fund for those Florida hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Irma.  All contributions made will go directly to their member hospitals to be distributed to hospital employees – at no administrative cost.

To make a donation to FHA’s hospital employee assistance fund, visit this link.

We ask that you share these opportunities through your various channels of communication, and if further information is required, please contact Emma Jellen – (202)289-4929.


PRESS RELEASE: DCHA Releases 2016 Hospital Utilization Indicators Report

Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association released their 2016 Hospital Utilization Indicators Report.  This report provides comparative data on health care facility utilization in the District of Columbia, data is self-reported by the individual facilities in the Monthly Utilization Survey managed by the Association.  Data from the 2016 report does not include the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the HSC Pediatric Center.

2016 Utilization Indicators Trends:

  • Inpatient Admissions have decreased slightly to 128,463 down approximately 0.4%, compared to the 2015 data.
  • Newborn Deliveries increased to 14,178 up approximately 1.7%.
  • Rehabilitation Admissions increased to 2,451, approximately 4.2%.
  • Emergency Department visits decreased by approximately 3% to 508,729.
  • Ambulatory Surgeries at DC Hospitals increased to 71,353, or 2%
  • Neonatal Admissions increased to 3,292 up approximately 1.2%.
  • Total Patient Days remained flat at 1,033,019 days.

Click here to access the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Utilization Indicators for 2016.



DCHA Welcomes New Chair of Board of Directors, Kimberly Russo, MS, The George Washington University Hospital

Kimberly Russo

On November 9th, the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Board of Directors elected Kimberly Russo, MS, Chief Executive Officer of The George Washington University Hospital as Chair of the Board, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Russo has been in her role as CEO of The GWU hospital since May 2016, prior to which, she served as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Russo has extensive clinical and operational experience, and among her many accolades, was recognized in 2010 as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 2016 “Playmakers,” and named an honoree of “Women Who Mean Business.”

“I am happy to welcome Kim as our next Board Chair. Even prior to stepping into her role as CEO, Kim was an active member at DCHA meetings, and as a member of the Board she has enthusiastically taken on several leadership roles, serving on the Executive Committee, as well as Co-Chairing DCHA’s Quality Collaborative. In her leadership roles, Kim has been integral to the development of the Association’s new strategic framework, and on behalf of DCHA, I look forward to working with Ms. Russo as we continue to advance health care in the District of Columbia.” Jacqueline D. Bowens, President & CEO, DCHA

“I am honored to serve as the new Chair of DCHA’s Board of Directors as we continue to facilitate a unifying voice for hospitals and health systems across the district,” says Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of GWU Hospital. “I look forward to collaborating with the Board, DC hospital leadership and the Association in the ongoing advancement of healthcare services for the DC community.”

In December, DCHA recognized the contributions of its outgoing Chair, Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD, President and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine who steps into the role of Immediate Past Chair.“I would like to thank Dr. Davis for his 2-years of service as Chairman of the DCHA Board of Directors,” said Ms. Bowens. “His contributions have been vital in leading the Association through our recent transition and we are grateful for his leadership and dedication.”

DCHA is also happy to welcome the entire 2018 slate of officers:

  • Chair: Kimberly Russo, MS, The George Washington University Hospital
  • Chair-Elect: John Sullivan, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Secretary: Kevin Chavez, BridgePoint Hospital National Harbor
  • Treasurer: James Diegel, Howard University Hospital
  • Immediate Past Chair: Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD, Sibley Memorial Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine


DCHA’s 40th Anniversary Events Featuring Impressive Line-Up of Speakers

Washington, D.C. – The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary as the
unifying force advancing hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia.

DCHA is hosting an educational symposium on Nov. 15, DISRUPTION! Relevance, Impact & The Road Ahead for Health Care at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, featuring keynoters, thought leaders and presenters conversing about disruption in the marketplace, consumerism, leveraging technology, pay for performance, workforce resiliency and other important topics impacting hospitals, health care providers and patients. The symposium will explore factors driving disruption, including the shift to alternative and less expensive health care provided in non-traditional settings, price transparency, skills transfer and technology-based care. The Symposium features keynoters:

Dr. John Whyte, MD, CMO, WebMD, who will address consumerism and the shift of power and control in health care delivery from physicians and hospitals to consumers. From an increasing sophistication when it comes to their own health, to their role in provider transparency, Dr. Whyte will discuss the powerful role of today’s consumers and how hospitals can better engage them to remain relevant and successful.

Dr. Farzaneh (Fazi) Sabi, Associate Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Medical Group, will focus on historical trends and changes in the hospital industry over the last few decades, and some of the advancements in the medical industry which are gearing towards less invasive approaches to care, faster recovery, and more care in the ambulatory setting. This will set the stage for a provocative discussion about what hospitals in the future will look like, and the role we will play in this transformation.

Zeke Emanuel, Health Care Futurist, is a nationally recognized health “change agent.” Dr. Emanuel is one of the leading practitioners shaping the future of health care. With extensive experience and engagement at the most senior levels of policy making, Zeke has been instrumental in shaping the way health care is delivered and financed in the U.S. Zeke is an engaging, incisive, forthright, and witty speaker on health care policy and the transformation of American medicine.

The Thought Leaders Panel will react and respond to the message delivered by the keynote speaker and discuss their perspectives on disruptive innovation; and the moderator will ask the panel thought-provoking questions about disruptive innovation, is the D.C. market ready and how to lead in a disruptive environment. Panelists include:

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr Community Hospital, which opened in 2015. Dr. Batchlor was the driving
force behind the effort to open the new, state-of-theart, community-oriented, safety-net hospital providing compassionate, quality care and improving the health of the South Los Angeles community. Dr. Batchlor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Medicine degree from Case Western
Reserve University.

J. Stephen Jones is President and CEO of Inova, the health care system that serves more than two million people annually in its five hospitals and multiple ambulatory programs. Dr. Jones previously served as President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. He led 11 hospitals and more than 24 large ambulatory centers. He also served as Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and held the Leonard Horvitz and Samuel Miller Distinguished Chair in Urologic Oncology. This endowed chair has now been renamed the J. Stephen Jones Distinguished Chair in Urology Research.
He earned a BS in Zoology at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas and his M.D. at UAMS.

Ken A. Samet is the President & CEO of MedStar Health, and is responsible for a $5.6 billion not-for-profit, health care delivery system. With more than 35 years of experience in health care administration, Samet provides strategic oversight and management for MedStar Health the largest health care provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, comprised of 10 hospitals, a comprehensive network of health related businesses that includes ambulatory, home health, a large multispecialty physician network, and several insurance products with more than 145,000 members. MedStar has large research and innovation platforms and one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country. In addition, MedStar Health serves more than half-a-million patients and their families each year. Samet received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

DCHA is also hosting a 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala on Nov. 16, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC to honor and salute the health care community from 1978-2018. Complete details of both events at

2018 Utilization Indicators Report

The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries. New to this year’s report is data including observation patients and patient days, occupancy rate and operating beds per hospital.

Overview & Observations

In contrasting 2018 with the recent past, the greatest influence was from changes in services offered by United Medical Center and Providence Hospital. UMC discontinued the maternal/newborn services in September 2017. Providence discontinued maternal newborn/newborn services and psychiatric services in October 2017, significantly reduced inpatient acute care services in December 2018, and finalized the closure of the Emergency Department scheduled for April 2019.

Compared to 2014, in 2018, acute care hospitals in D.C. experienced:
  • 5.2% decrease in inpatient admissions
  • 5.5% decrease in newborns delivered
  • 0.3% increase in ED admissions
  • 2.9% increase in ambulatory surgeries
  • 6.2% increase in patient days
  • 20.7% increase in observation patients
The decrease in admissions was steady over the 5-year period. The decrease in newborns delivered seemed strongly related to the discontinuation of obstetric services from Providence and UMC. While the overall number of newborns decreased by 5.5%, the number for hospitals other than Providence and UMC increased by 13.6%.

Download complete report


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