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The United Medical Center (UMC) announced the selection of GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) to oversee its Emergency Services department and Hospitalist Services after an extensive search.

Once finalized, the contract will go to the UMC board of directors and then the D.C. City Council for approval. If approved, operations under the new team should commence in 60 to 90 days.

The GW MFA aims to improve Emergency Department efficiency and customer services; reducing patient wait times, walkouts and adverse outcomes; and successfully implement the observation/short stay unit.

“United Medical Center strives every day to provide the highest quality of healthcare to all of its patients,” said David C. Boucree, interim CEO for UMC. “Our selection of GW Medical Faculty Associations will not only improve patient care but will help ensure that residents of Wards 7 and 8 have access to the same high quality standards in ED treatment as provided in other regions of the city.”

Under the new contract, GW MFA would hire and managed a dedicated staff team at UMC and deploy their management systems and processes.

UMC’s hospital management team has overseen a number of new enhancements and improvements at the hospital over the past two years. These include significant investments in new, state-of-the-art equipment such as patient beds, mobile computers, additional heart, EKG and blood pressure monitors, ventilators and lifting equipment for the safe transfer of patients.

They have improved facilities with the remodeling of UMC’s 5th and 8th floors with upgraded nursing environments and several new and refurbished surgical operating rooms.

Recruitment of new staff include hires of two gastrointestine physicians, two family medicine physicians, an internal medicine physician, a urologist and an orthopedic group.

In addition to a new quality-compliance leadership team, the hospital is also assembling a web-based compliance and incident management reporting system that will replace the current paper-based system.

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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