Muriel Bowser
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday announced an agreement with Universal Health Services and Children’s National Hospital for the latter’s pediatricians, nurses, physician assistants and other medical staff to operate and provide professional services for extensive hospital-based care for children at the new hospital at St. Elizabeths East.

Children’s National staff will operate the pediatric emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit at the new facility, slated to open in late 2024.

“Families and parents trust Children’s National Hospital, and for good reason — because Washingtonians know to expect high-quality care and a staff that cares deeply about protecting the health and well-being of our babies, children, and teens,” Bowser said in a statement. “This agreement is going to change the health care landscape for moms, babies, and families not only in Ward 8, but across D.C.”

The $375 million full-service community hospital will support 136 beds, with the ability to expand, will provide a complete range of inpatient services to all District residents, and include maternal health and newborn delivery services, normal and neonatal intensive care, a verified trauma center, an ambulatory office building for outpatient and community health services, and a 500-space parking garage, according to Bowser’s office.

Kimberly Russo, group vice president of the Washington, D.C. Region for UHS and CEO of The George Washington University Hospital, said that UHS “remains steadfastly committed to advancing health care in the District by developing a comprehensive, integrated academic delivery system of care.”

“Together, UHS, GW’s Medical Faculty Associates and Children’s National will bring high-quality and evidence-based, integrated pediatric and maternal care to the new hospital,” Russo said. “This is one more step toward enhancing health care for all who live in the District.”

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