CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON THE NEW GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
-The George Washington University Hospital this week began construction on its
ultramodern replacement hospital, the city's
first new hospital in 20 years. It will house 371
beds and employ 1,500 professionals supporting a medical staff of
900 physicians. It is expected to be completed in 2002, approximately
two years from the start of construction.
"Building the city's first new hospital in 20 years is proof of
our commitment to be a partner in the renaissance of the District of Columbia,"
said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of The George Washington University.
"We are pleased to be moving into the construction phase of this project."
The beginning of construction of a new hospital on
the urban campus brought a unique landscaping promise from Trachtenberg. While
some trees may be lost during the construction process, Trachtenberg
said future landscaping will focus on new tree planting. "In fact,"
Trachtenberg said, "for every tree that is cut down to permit construction, the
University will compensate by planting two trees somewhere in the Foggy Bottom
The new hospital will allow for an expanded emergency room to serve the
nearly 45,000 patients seen in the ER each year and larger operating rooms
capable of accommodating today's advanced surgical equipment. The majority of
the patient rooms will be private, allowing appropriate space for patients and
their families as well as physicians and staff.
medical staff and employees' continued support of this great hospital and
medical center has been rewarded," said Phillip S. Schaengold, J.D. chief
executive officer of The George Washington University Hospital. "We're now one
step closer to bringing a state-of-the-art facility to the residents and
visitors of Washington, D.C."
"The start of construction marks an important milestone for
physicians, employees and the Washington community as we look forward to the
opening of what will be the city's most modern and technologically advanced
hospital," said Alan Miller, Universal Health Services, Inc., chairman and chief
The main hospital entrance will face 23rd Street
directly across from the current building and adjacent to the Foggy Bottom Metro
station entrance. The emergency entrance will be south of Washington Circle,
between New Hampshire Avenue and 23rd Street.