April 28, 2011
Mayor Gray Tours the New St. Elizabeths Hospital
Facility the First Step in St. Elizabeths Campus Redevelopment Project
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray toured the new St. Elizabeths Hospital, highlighting the facility’s amenities, discussing the hospital in the context of development of the St. Elizabeths campus, and meeting with employees and patients. The new building facilitates therapeutic best practices and saves $7 million in annual fixed costs by consolidating operations.
“The new St. Elizabeths Hospital is an outstanding medical facility befitting the institution’s pioneering history,” said Mayor Gray. “It is also the first step in a comprehensive development program for the St. Elizabeths campus. This project will be integrated into the fabric of the community and will support communities in Ward 8 and throughout the District of Columbia.”
A year ago, St. Elizabeths moved into the new state-of-the-art facility which has created the right therapeutic environment required for modern inpatient care. For example, individuals in care spend the majority of the day in the Therapeutic Learning Center—not in their rooms—working and learning, and mirroring the experiences of the outside community. The new hospital has allowed many more individuals in care to participate in treatment on a daily basis.
The Phase One development of the St. Elizabeths campus, scheduled for completion in 2015, includes a headquarters for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a technology education and innovation center at the Maple Campus quadrangle, and new office buildings with ground-floor retail on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The Phase Two development, scheduled for completion in 2020, will create 15,602 permanent jobs and 13,000 temporary jobs, and the District will benefit from $55 million in annual property and sales tax revenue.
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