Ascension to shut down DC hospital Dec. 14

As part of a plan to transition away from acute care toward outpatient services, Providence Health System in Washington, D.C., owned by St. Louis-based Ascension, will shut down its hospital in Washington, D.C., Dec. 14.

In July, Ascension announced Providence would end acute care services and focus on providing other types of services, including telehealth, care coordination, home care and community-based behavioral healthcare. Ascension has committed to investing about $30 million in Providence's planned shift to community-focused healthcare.

"By creating a new model of transformation that is not tied to a single hospital facility, Providence will continue to live out our Mission to serve all persons, especially those who are struggling the most, in even more areas of the District," Keith Vander Kolk, president and CEO of Providence Health System, said in a Sept. 17 news release. "This is particularly true for the communities on the east end of the city that are impacted most by health inequities."

After the hospital ceases operations, some primary care physicians and Carroll Manor nursing facility will continue to operate on the campus. Providence said it will provide more detailed plans about the transition by mid-2019.

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