There have been 117 homicides in D.C. so far this year. Of those, 74 were killed in Wards 7 and 8.

Still, the only hospital east of the Anacostia River — United Medical Center — has no trauma center to treat victims of violent crime and other life-threatening emergencies. The four hospitals in the District that treat trauma victims around the clock are all located in affluent Northwest Washington.

UMC is scheduled to close in 2022, so what healthcare options will be left for the residents of Wards 7 and 8?

City officials say there are plans to open a new hospital, but what will residents do in the meantime? And how is a lack of access to health services affecting communities east of the river?

Produced by Julie Depenbrock


  • Amanda Michelle Gomez City Desk reporter, Washington City Paper; @amanduhgomez
  • Ambrose Lane Chair, Health Alliance Network
  • Wayne Turnage Deputy Mayor, District of Columbia Health and Human Services

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