Annotated Bibliography 7&8: GW Trauma Center and Potential Helipad

Annotated Bibliography 7:

Reed, Tina. “Why it Matters GWU Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center.” Washington Business Journal. 5 Feb. 2014,

  1. Reed states that GW Hospital has just recently, as of 2014, “regained verification as a Level 1 Trauma Center,” because the hospital wants to focus on being able to handle larger medical emergencies because of the location it has to the White House and other large public and important locations in the city. One thing that Reed notes specifically to add to the hospital’s argument, is that, “The center famously treated President Ronald Reagan after he was shot in a 1981 assassination attempt” (Reed 2014). But the issue comes to play of traffic within the Foggy Bottom area, after comparing it to Boston Hospitals. Although, the Reed cited, “The investment has made a big difference already. Average mortality rates in GW hospital’s trauma center have dropped from 33 percent to 22 percent, as measured using an injury severity scale. The trauma center fills a void in the northwest side of D.C. and northern Virginia where it might not be easy to reach other trauma centers in the region” (Reed 2014). Therefore, the Hospital has more benefits at the moment than issues.
  2. This article gives more background to the GW hospital’s trauma center without bringing in the argument of the helipad and the neighborhood concerns (not including traffic issues which is based off of the location). I would use this article to add to the hospital’s prestige because the hospital is already successful and is working on improving that.


Feinberg, Lawrence. “2 Agencies Approve GW Hospital Helipad.” The Washington Post. 5 April 1987,

  1. Feinberg reports, on behalf of Charles Diehl, [GW university vice president], who stated “university officials first thought that their hospital needed a helipad after the Air Florida crash at the 14th Street Bridge in January 1982. because the victims who needed urgent care ended up having to be transferred to a farther hospital. Specifically, a helicopter took victims to the Washington Hospital Center, about two miles farther away. ‘We had major trauma center right here,’ Diehl said, ‘but they couldn’t get here.’” The argument for the helipad is divided between being able to more quickly help people who need urgent care and the issue of noise. The hospital argued that the helipad would only be used once a week, therefore the noise would not be too disruptive.

Photo from the crash of Air Florida

2.  I would use this to show how the history of the neighborhood and how it has always been in disagreement with the hospital over the helipad, not only in today’s news or in the 90s. And I would like to show how even though, today, George Washington University has taken over the majority of that area, that the neighbors still continue to remain in conflict with the hospital. This article was originally printed in 1987 and the same argument is still going on today in 2017, 30 years later. The neighbors in the Foggy Bottom residential area make the same arguments that claim the noise from a helicopter would be too disruptive.

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