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Mayor Bowser and Universal Health Services Move DC One Step Closer to a New Hospital in Ward 8

Friday, March 12, 2021
UHS Awards Construction Management Contract for New Hospital at St. Elizabeths East, Hospital On-Track to Open in 2024

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Universal Health Services (UHS) announced another milestone in the development of the new hospital at St. Elizabeths East in Ward 8 by awarding the construction management contract to a joint venture between Turner Construction Company and MCN Build.

“We remain committed to building a health care system that meets the needs of all residents, attacks health disparities, and makes us more resilient for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Mayor Bowser. “With this announcement, we are one step closer to transforming our health care system and delivering a state-of-the-art hospital in Ward 8.” 

UHS will award the multi-million dollar construction contract for the new $375 million full-service hospital to the team of Turner Construction Company and MCN Build. The team of Turner Construction Company and MCN Build will invest at least 35% with local CBEs, meet the District’s First Source Requirements, and construct the hospital using a Project Labor Agreement. The design and construction of the new hospital will support approximately 2,000 jobs.  

With the design and construction teams in place, UHS and the District will move into the planning and design process, which will include robust community engagement. The project currently remains on schedule with the facilities slated to open in late 2024.

“The Turner|MCN team is excited to be a part of this much needed project that will improve healthcare equity in the communities East of the Anacostia,” said Darien Grant, Vice President and General Manger at Turner/MCN. “It is incredibly rewarding to know that our work will provide a safe, high quality, and efficient, full-service hospital and ambulatory care facility located close to the residents it is intended to serve. Turner’s annual completion of $3 billion of healthcare work combined with MCN’s experience in the District makes this a powerful team prepared to achieve all project goals. We look forward to engaging with the community in order maximize their involvement during the construction of the facility.”

The District’s plan to develop a new 136-bed hospital at St. Elizabeths East and improve the District-wide system of care includes opening two new urgent care centers in Wards 7 and 8 by UHS. Last month, the Mayor and UHS announced that the first Urgent Care Center will open by the end of 2021 at the Maple View Flats development in Ward 8. The District and UHS expect the facility in Ward 7 to open in 2022.

“We are thrilled to be making progress in our unwavering commitment to bring vital health services East of the Anacostia River,” said Kimberly Russo, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of The George Washington University Hospital. “We look forward to engaging with these nationally recognized firms, as well as our community on the design and development of these new facilities to ensure that we are meeting the needs of District residents. Together, we are working toward creating a healthier City with improved health equity, access and outcomes for all.”

Additional information about the Bowser Administration’s plans for a new hospital at St. Elizabeths East and Howard University Hospital is available at

About Universal Health Services
One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance, growing since its inception into a Fortune 500 corporation. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has 90,000 employees, including 3,000 in Washington, DC. Through its subsidiaries, UHS operates 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points in 37 U.S. states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. 

About Turner Construction Company and MCN Build
The team comprised of Turner Construction Company and MCN Build each has a significant resume of marquee projects in the Washington, DC region, including: the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration, Audi Field, Conrad Hotel, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building along with Banneker High School, KIPP DC Ferebee Hope High School, Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, and The Triumph. Significant healthcare projects in the region include Adventist Healthcare White Oak Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Children’s National Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Princeton Medical, and University of Maryland Medical Center.