For the moment, At-Large Councilmember David Catania is backing down from his fight against the owners of Greater Southeast Community Hospital.
In late May, Catania had submitted requests for dozens of documents from the hospital’s ownership, Envision Hospital Corp. In a June 13 response, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company balked at the request noting that the troubled hospital can’t be bothered since it’s responding to other District agency requests and didn’t want to “interfere with that process” and make duplicates.
“I thought that was silly,” Catania says. The war appeared to escalate when company officials failed to show at a recent hearing.
But now the councilmember says that the Department of Health has “rallied the troops” so well and issued its own findings and remedies—-from protocols on the hospitals reporting to staffing and equipment issues—-that if Greater Southeast follows through, there’s no need to go to war over documents.
Catania says he’ll still be watching Envision closely to make sure the company meets a series of deadlines on meeting patient-care and staffing standards. “There may come a time in the future,” he says, when he might again seek the disputed documents.
“It is tempting to get pulled into kind of a posture of fighting with the home office on these other ancillary issues,” Catania explains. “I’m focusing on avoiding the temptation. There’s a tendency for people in these positions to take the bait. I’m not doing that.”