The mission of the Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation (NFPHC) is dedicated to the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to our care. NFPHC will be an efficient, high value, patient-focused provider of high-quality healthcare to improve the lives of District residents. We will employ innovative approaches that yield excellent experiences and will empower healthcare professionals as they work to care for our patients. We will pursue this vision through collaboration with other providers and as part of a larger District-based delivery system.
NFPHC, commonly known as United Medical Center (UMC) and United Medical Nursing Center, is an independent District instrumentality, created by legislation adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia. It provides inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric, and emergency care, and a skilled nursing facility (SNF). NFPHC is located east of the Anacostia River in the Southeast section of Washington, D.C. Its primary service market includes residents of Wards 7 and 8 and the state of Maryland’s Prince George’s County. Approximately 88 percent of United Medical Center’s hospital admissions were paid for by the public programs Medicare or Medicaid.
NFPHC is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, 11 of whom are voting members and three of whom are non-voting members. Six members are appointed by the Mayor and three members are appointed by the Council of the District of Columbia. The Chief Financial Officer of the District, or his or her designee, and a representative of the entity maintaining the largest collective bargaining agreement with the corporation serve as ex-officio voting members. The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of NFPHC and the President of the District of Columbia Hospital Association serve as non-voting ex-officio members.
The Board of Directors of NFPHC adopted a new Strategic Vision and Plan on August 2, 2013, and this Plan was approved by the Mayor and endorsed by the District Council. The Council in that endorsement urged the Board and the Executive to carry out the Plan, including recommendations from Huron Consulting, “swiftly.” Five major areas within this plan of focus remain:
- Align with a partner(s) and position UMC to thrive under healthcare reform;
- Achieve financial stability;
- Recruit, deploy, and retain talented and enthusiastic personnel focused on providing excellent patient experiences;
- Achieve superior quality and patient safety outcomes; and
- Contribute to overall health within the communities that UMC serves.
The NFPHC has made several advancements with regard to financial stability and recruiting highly qualified personnel. These advancements have seen the quality measures increase over the last three years. The Hospital continues to work with local officials to align with a partner and position UMC to thrive under healthcare reform.