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Police arrested two men in connection to a shooting in Foggy Bottom early Monday morning, a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman said Friday.

Police arrested Michael Ansara Ferebee, 23, and Julius Bowens, 24, for carrying a pistol without a license, MPD spokeswoman Rachel Schaerr said. Assault with a dangerous weapon and destruction of property were also listed as offenses associated with the case on a MPD report.

The U.S. Secret Service responded to a call reporting gunshot sounds on the 1000 block of 22nd Street around 3 a.m. Monday, according to the report. Police stopped a Nissan Sentra with gunshot marks in front of 403 17th St. – the Red Cross Museum – and searched the vehicle.

“Upon searching the vehicle a silver revolver was located in the glovebox,” according to the report.

Officers located a victim with a gunshot wound to his right hand on New Hampshire Ave. and Dupont Circle, and the victim was transported to GW Hospital, according to the report.

Police also found two vehicles, a Honda Accord and a Subaru, with gunshot damage on 22nd Street. There were gunshots in windows and walls on buildings near the location, adding up to total damages between $2,300 and $3,600, according to the report.

The crime was “club related,” according to the report.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Medicare gives GW Hospital one-star rating

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GW Hospital received a one-star rating from Medicare this week. Hatchet File Photo.

The GW Hospital was one of 129 hospitals to receive a one-star rating on the federal government’s first hospital quality ratings, Kaiser Health News reported Wednesday.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated more than 3,600 hospitals based on 64 factors that Medicare has previously used to rate the quality of hospitals. These factors include measures like death rates, patient experience and safety of care, but do not account for hospitals that provide specialty care.

Five D.C. hospitals received one-out-of-five star ratings, including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MedStar Georgetown and GW Hospital both train medical residents.

Hospital officials often argue that rankings do not fairly account for hospitals that treat the toughest cases, Kaiser Health News reported.

Kate Goodrich, the director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality who oversees Medicare’s quality ratings, said in a statement that the ratings “empower” patients to choose healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and hospitals.

“We have received numerous letters from national patient and consumer advocacy groups supporting the release of these ratings because it improves the transparency and accessibility of hospital quality information,” Goodrich said.

Only 102 hospitals received five-star ratings, and Kaiser Health News reported that many of these are “relatively obscure,” or are highly specialized.

Some critics of Medicare’s rating system argue that the standards by which the hospitals are measured are not “well-designed.”

Steven Lipstein, the president of BJC HealthCare, told Kaiser Health News that the results reflect the affluence of the patients being served. Lipstein said that lower-scoring hospitals are usually located in less-affluent areas. Medicare does not consider the wealth of patients when rating hospitals.

“The stars tell you more about the socio-demographics of the population being served than the quality of the hospital,” Lipstein said.

Darrell Kirch, the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, said in a statement that the ratings are over-simplified and could mislead patients.

“Hospitals cannot be rated like movies,” Kirch said. “We are extremely concerned about the potential consequences for patients that could result from portraying an overly simplistic picture of hospital quality with a star rating system that combines many complex factors and ignores the socio-demographic factors that have a real impact on health.”

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A former GW Hospital nurse was found guilty of three counts of sexually abusing female patients at three D.C. hospitals, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Jurors in the D.C. Superior Court found Jared Kline, 38, guilty of abusing three female patients while they were not fully conscious because of medication and pain. Kline allegedly committed the crimes while he was a nurse at GW Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center and United Medical Center between 2013 and 2014.

The patients accused Kline of inappropriately touching them while he was performing his nurse duties. One woman said Kline kissed her and massaged her under her hospital gown while she was a patient at United Medical Center. Another woman said Kline touched her buttocks and placed her hand on his erect penis when she was in a hospital for a migraine, according to The Washington Post.

Kline’s attorney, Nikki Lotze, said in court that the actions Kline is being accused of were accidental. Kline said in the past that the women mistakenly thought he was aroused because he is “well-endowed” and a “pretty lucky white guy.”

The jury acquitted Kline of three of the counts and rebuffed some of the women’s accusations, according to The Post. They could not reach a decision on four of the counts.

Kline could face a maximum two to five years in prison for each of the women he allegedly abused. He will have another court hearing June 28 to determine whether or not he should be tried on the four counts that the jury couldn’t reach a decision on, The Post reported.

The jury acquitted Kline on three accusations against him and were not able to come to a decision on another four counts, The Post reported. Earlier this year, Kline was acquitted from sexual abuse charges in Prince George’s County for alleged sexual abuses at Bowie Health Center in 2014, according to The Post.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:39 a.m.

Hospital CEO requests 42-bed expansion

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The new GW Hospital CEO requested a 42-bed inpatient expansion. Hatchet File Photo

Just one week after being named CEO of GW Hospital, Kimberly Russo is already working to expand the hospital’s inpatient services.

Russo plans to submit an application for a 42-bed expansion to District officials, the Washington Business Journal reported Friday.

The additional inpatient space would include 40 medical surgical beds and two delivery rooms. Russo will also request a new operating room with an MRI, she told the Washington Business Journal. These rooms will take up the top floor of the hospital, which was cleared out when the medical school moved its lab and classroom space to the Science and Engineering Hall.

Russo, who is taking over for Barry Wolfman after his four-year tenure as CEO, told the Washington Business Journal that moving the medical school programs will not affect the hospital’s partnership with the University.

“The university is a strong partner and part of who we are as part of the fabric of this organization. We are the George Washington University Hospital,” Russo said. “They are our medical school as well as our faculty. It’s a very strong relationship and we continue to try to really develop strategy that’s helping us to define medicine and move health care to the next level.”

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Friday, May 6, 2016 4:09 p.m.

GW Hospital names new CEO

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Kimberly Russo was named the next CEO of GW Hospital on Friday. Hatchet File Photo

GW Hospital announced its choice for the next CEO Friday.

Kimberly Russo, who currently serves as the hospital’s chief operating officer, will take over as CEO June 3, according to Becker Hospital Review.

Russo will replace Barry Wolfman, who had served as CEO since 2012.

Russo began working at the hospital in 1997 as a speech-language pathologist before she was promoted to the executive director of rehabilitation services. She was named an associate administrator in 2006 and upgraded to COO in 2009, Becker Hospital Review reported.

Russo was named as an “Up and Comer Under 40” by Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review in 2010. She was also recognized in the Washington Business Journal’s 2010 list of “Women Who Mean Business,” according to her bio on the GW Hospital website.

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This post was written by Staff Writer Kendrick Chang.

Police arrested a man for unlawful entry after he had been “escorted out of the emergency room” at GW Hospital Saturday night, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

MPD officers Esmeralda Zamora and Andrew Lindsay arrested the man around 10 p.m., according to MPD documents. Police later identified the man as Troy Donnell Proctor, according to the report.

According to the report, he officers asked Proctor, 46, to leave the hospital, at the request of GW Hospital special police officers.

Proctor “refused to leave the premises upon request, and was placed under arrest for Unlawful Entry,” according to the report.

The report said Proctor “subsequently failed to make his identity known to MPD officers.” Proctor later verbally identified himself after he was transported to the Second District station for processing, according to the report.

The report does not indicate whether Proctor was a patient at GW Hospital on Saturday.

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This post was written by Assistant News Editor Andrew Goudsward.

The medical director of GW Hospital is leaving for a new role in North Carolina.

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Gary Little served as medical director at GW Hospital since 2009. Hatchet file photo.

Gary Little, who served in his current role since 2009, has been named vice president and chief medical officer at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, the Charlotte Business Journal reported Friday. The hospital is the centerpiece of the Carolinas Healthcare System in North and South Carolina.

During his tenure at GW, Little headed staff leadership, regulatory compliance, accreditation and quality improvement programs for hospital staff, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. He was also involved in graduate medical education where he worked with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Little also received his master’s degree in business administration from GW.

His replacement has not yet been named.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Liz Provencher.

Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she would shut down a local bar, Barcode, for 96 hours for police to investigate a double stabbing that occurred there on Sunday night, according to The Washington Post.

Robinson Pal, 29, was at the bar on 17th and L streets Sunday night around 11:30 p.m. when a large fight broke out, Borderstan, a community news site that focuses on Northwest D.C., reported Tuesday. Pal and another man, whom police did not identify, were both stabbed during the altercation.

Pal died shortly after the assault and the other man was treated at GW Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the news site reported.

An “unruly and aggressive crowd” were gathered at Barcode that night, according to authorities. Police arrived on the scene in an attempt to restore order and found a bloody knife and broken glass scattered on the bar, Borderstan reported.

MPD also requested to revoke Barcode’s liquor license following the homicide, the news organization reported. MPD posted a letter from Lanier to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration requesting the license’s revocation on the bar’s door.

“This homicide can be connected directly to the operations of ‘Bar-Code’ and it is clear from from the violent outcome that the safety of residents and visitors to the city was severely endangered,” Lanier said in the letter.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will undergo an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure at GW Hospital Monday, the senator’s office said.

Sanders’ office released a one paragraph statement this afternoon, The Associated Press reported. The presidential candidate will return to his office on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

Other politicians have received treatment at GW Hospital in the past. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had eye surgery at the hospital in January, and former Vice President Dick Cheney was treated by doctors there for heart problems several times, including a mild heart attack in 2010.

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The University will conduct an active shooter drill Friday morning, GW said Monday.

GW’s Office of Safety and Security will run the exercise from 9 a.m. until noon, according to a University release. The drill will test the University’s response times in an emergency and the effectiveness of communication between offices like University Human Resources, the Division of Student Affairs and the University Police Department.

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell said in the release that the drill will mimic a real active shooter situation as closely as possible.

“Some of the folks from my office who are participating don’t know the location because we want them to act as if this were a real situation. The people participating know there will be an exercise, and they know the time and day it will occur,” he said. “But they don’t know the scenario, and they don’t know where it will occur. They don’t know how it will play out. And that includes me. I don’t know the details. So, I’ll be acting in real-time as well.”

GW Hospital, the Medical Faculty Associates, the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency will participate in the drill according to the release. Kevin Donahue, D.C.’s deputy mayor for public safety, will also be involved.

In its University Emergency Operations Plan, GW lists “active shooter” as one of the most likely hazards on campus. Other hazards include severe weather, suspicious packages and public health emergencies.

Officials talked through steps of its active shooter plan two years ago, Darnell said in the release.

“That was what we called a ‘table-top’ exercise, which was basically a decision-making discussion where we went through the actions we would take in the event of an active shooter on campus. Now, we’re following up on that, where we have assets involved that would actually respond. This exercise puts the scenario into an operational space,” Darnell said.

After a series of shootings on college campuses last month, University President Steven Knapp said GW had plans in place to respond to an active shooter and that several offices in and outside of the University collaborate on campus security plans.

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