Gray Making Moves to Privatize City-Owned Hospital

February 15, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — Mayor Vincent Gray is making a push to expand the board of directors that governs the District-owned United Medical Center as he seeks to sell the hospital to private owners. The 11-member board is packed with picks made by former Mayor Adrian Fenty, whose administration took over the medical center in July to ensure the city’s only hospital east of the Anacostia River remained open. On Tuesday, Gray is scheduled to introduce an emergency bill to the D.C. Council that would expand the board to 16, adding to it three more mayoral picks and the mayor-appointed health department director. The council would also get to choose another board member.  The mayor has repeatedly said he wants to sell the hospital. According to the bill the council will consider on Tuesday, Gray wants to add members to ensure the “board’s goals and direction be aligned with that of the District government.”
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