Providence Hospital
**FILE** Providence Hospital (Courtesy photo)

Providence Health System, as planned, will no longer operate its hospital and emergency care center as it transitions from providing hospital services to delivering care that aligns with community needs and improves health outcomes.

Providence is reinvesting and redeploying its resources from hospital-based care to primary, and community-based services with a continued commitment to the residents of the District of Columbia, including working cooperatively with DC Health’s State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) on the Certificate of Need review process for an urgent care center coming soon. Providence is continuing to operate primary care services, skilled nursing care at Carroll Manor, outpatient behavioral health, care coordination for Medicaid beneficiaries through the My Health GPS program, a working retail pharmacy and access to free medications to those who need it most.

The District’s recent Community Health Needs Assessment and the DC Health Systems Plan found that the top health concerns of area residents included: managing chronic disease, caring for an aging population, and increasing access to mental and behavioral health services.

“Providence is excited to build upon our healthy village vision to create a community of healthcare and non-healthcare partners supporting the whole person and every facet of their well-being,” said Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MD, MPH, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Providence Health System. “We look forward to continuing to focus on improving the health of the District by providing the holistic resources supporting mind, body and spirit that helps our community live fulfilling, healthy lives.”

The healthy village’s goal is to help D.C.’s elderly population access the physical and mental health services they need – all in one place – while providing an opportunity for social, emotional and spiritual growth.

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