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Posted at 7:01 PM ET, 06/ 7/2010

D.C. to auction off former Greater Southeast Hospital

By Washington Post Editors

The District will auction off the United Medical Center property in Southeast Washington next month unless an agreement can be reached with the current owner, Specialty Hospitals of America, over how best to salvage the troubled facility.

Attorney General Peter Nickles filed a foreclosure notice last week stating that the auction would be held July 9 on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building. Nickles has accused Specialty of defaulting on its lease by failing to pay its bills on time.

The city is in talks with attorneys for Specialty to try to reach an agreement, but Nickles said the foreclosure notice was needed to set "an end date" for the talks. If an agreement is not reached, Nickles said, the city will seize the 17-acre United Medical Center property at the auction and operate it as a city-run hospital until a new owner can be found.

In 2007, a deal put together by D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) prevented the closure of the former Greater Southeast Community Hospital, the only hospital in that part of the city east of the Anacostia River. The arrangement called for Specialty, a for-profit company, and the city to own the hospital jointly, and for the hospital to be managed by its own board of directors.

The company has said that the hospital's financial meltdown is due in part to the city's refusal to fully reimburse the facility for patient care.

-- Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  | June 7, 2010; 7:01 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances, D.C. Council, Tim Craig  
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Comments

Thank God...It was unconscionable for the DC tax payers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in 2007 to keep the place afloat, only to have it go bankrupt AGAIN 2 years later.

Sell it off to the highest bidder and stop throwing good money after bad

Posted by: Nosh1 | June 8, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Wow!

Posted by: drfields | June 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Hummm,
the city will seize the 17-acre United Medical Center property at the auction and operate it as a city-run hospital

Specialty, a for-profit company, and the city to own the hospital jointly,

the hospital's financial meltdown is due in part to the city's refusal to fully reimburse the facility for patient care.

So the city will foreclose on itself and they run the hospital by itself?

No wonder the city can't throw away money, it doesn't have, fast enough...

Posted by: UnitedStatesofAmerica | June 8, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

Posted by: drfields | June 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care about patients? The hospital serves a community of limited income families. It services a high population of families on Medicaid. The Health Care bill that was passed will open Medicaid to more limited income families not covered previously. No one cares about the patients. I am at UMC often. I am impressed at the dedication of the staff and physicians. In the end, politicians may not be around to wage public contests of urine elimination... but the people will still be there and I hope the doctors remain loyal to the institution. This isn't about mismanagement; it's a microcosm of why our health care system does not work when subsidy for provision of services does not match costs of providing quality care. No one has said this is about quality... it is sad.

Posted by: Southpaw4 | June 8, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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