HOWARD UNIVERSITY: Howard University Hospital And Unity Health Care Announce A New Ward 7 Health Center


Howard University issued the following announcement on Aug. 10.

Howard University Hospital (HUH) and Unity Health Care, (Unity) today announced that Unity will open a new East of the River Health Center in early 2019. The joint collaboration will bring a multitude of specialty healthcare services to the city’s most vulnerable and underserved areas of Wards 7 and 8.

“Howard University is honored to be a part of Unity’s new health center in Ward 7, which will help eliminate barriers to treatment and provide local residents with equitable access to high-quality, specialized services and care,” says Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “Unity’s partnership firmly aligns with our strategic mission to eradicate healthcare disparities and improve the health outcomes of D.C.’s underserved populations. I am confident that the new center will serve the diverse healthcare needs of the community in innovative new ways."

Located at the Conway Center (4430 Benning Road, N.E., Washington, D.C.), Unity’s new health center will be a two-level, state-of-the-art facility that features 43 exam rooms, which greatly expands access to medical services for local residents who normally travel outside of their community for specialty care. The mixed-use center developed by the non-profit organization, So Others Might Eat (SOME), will include low-cost housing, and a job training program.

“We are grateful to build upon our partnership with Howard University Hospital to offer specialty medical services to our patients at our new East of the River Health Center, “ says Vincent Keane, President and CEO, Unity Health Care. “Howard remains a steadfast partner in helping Unity transform the patient experience for patients who have in the past, felt left out.”

Historically, D.C., residents in Ward’s 7 and 8 have lacked full access to a diversity of specialty healthcare providers. Last Fall, on the heels of United Medical Center and Providence Health System closing their obstetric units, HUH and Unity signed an agreement to expand obstetric services to address the gaps in care caused by the closures.

Today’s announcement is part of a continued commitment that allows both organizations to widen their reach and bring access to quality care to city residents east of the river. The new health center is an innovative approach that leverages Howard’s strength in specialty care and Unity’s robust primary care presence in the community.

For media inquiries contact: Sholnn Freeman, Howard University communications, sholnn.freeman@howard.edu.

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