Howard University may lease the site of former D.C. General Hospital from the District of Columbia to build a new hospital called National Capital Medical Center. The university and district are negotiating over the matter, and details of the university's plans, such as the cost of the new hospital and number of beds, have not been disclosed. Area hospital executives worry that the university may close its current 347-bed hospital in Washington, leaving emergency admissions to the two closest facilities -- 770-bed Washington Hospital Center and 562-bed Providence Hospital, said Bob Malson, executive director of the D.C. Hospital Association. The university's plans for the current hospital are unknown. University and district officials could not be reached for coment. D.C. General, the district's public hospital, closed in 2001. -- by Tony Fong
Howard University may build new D.C. hospital
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