"This deal is shady and no good," said Yahnae Barner, Vice President, 1199SEIU. Residents from across the District joined community leaders, elected officials, neighborhood commissioners and 1199SEIU and District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) union leaders and members to voice their concerns Thursday at a press conference about the D.C. Council's potential deal with George Washington University Hospital (GWUH). Under the deal, GWUH, a Universal Health Services (UHS)-affiliated hospital, would operate a new 150-bed hospital to be built in Ward 8 of the District on the St. Elizabeths campus. Many community members are concerned about the proposal's lack of transparency. The D.C. Council and the Mayor are looking to circumvent the legal process - known as the Certificate of Need - where public hearings are required, and details of any agreement must be made public. "Good, quality union jobs are in jeopardy," added Edward Smith, DCNA Executive Director. Click here to hear coalition members discuss their concerns on Thursday’s “Your Rights At Work” on WPFW. See also George Washington University Opposes GW Hospital’s New Bed Tower (City Paper 11/29)
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