District of Columbia General Hospital

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The District of Columbia General Hospital, previously the Gallinger Municipal Hospital, was a hospital located in Washington, D.C.. It was operational from 1806 to its controversial closing by mayor Anthony A. Williams in 2001, as the city was trying to cut costs while recovering from bankruptcy. At the time of its closure, it was the only public hospital located within the District. Originally located in Judiciary Square it moved to 19th and Massachusetts, SE in 1846. At the turn of the century, efforts to open a new public hospital at 14th and Upshur were opposed by residents. [1]

As of 2012, DC General Hospital is a family homeless shelter with more than 500 families living in the facility.

In 2014, 8-year old Relisha Rudd went missing after her family was staying in the facility. In the days before her disappearance she was seen with a janitor from the facility who killed himself and his wife. [2]

External links


  1. ^ Fenston, Jacob (November 5, 2014). "From Public Hospital To Homeless Shelter: The Long History Of D.C. General". WAMU. 
  2. ^ "Timeline: Disappearance of Relisha Rudd". WashingtonPost.com. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

Coordinates: 38°53′7.70″N 76°58′27.96″W / 38.8854722°N 76.9744333°W / 38.8854722; -76.9744333