The Foggy Bottom neighborhood

This is a photograph of the Foggy Bottom metro from the back and the architecture of the GW hospital building from the court yard of the GW Medical School. This picture shows the hospital, the metro, and apartment buildings in the background from the courtyard of the University in one small congested area, which, in relation to the annotated bibliographies, shows the neighborhood disagreement over introducing a helipad to the area due to the confined space of the neighborhood.

Foggy Bottom Metro

This is a photograph of the metro stop at Foggy Bottom at GW Hospital and Medical school that shows the ability to connect with many other places within in DC, which then leads to the popularity of the area- in regards to living space, attending school, or spending free time for the attractions like restaurants . Also seen in the photograph are people handing out pamphlets that introduce things from attractions within the area to information about the hospital or other community programs.

The “GW” brand

This is a photograph of the GW seal in the court yard between the Medical school and the University Hospital. This is of significance because of the fact that the hospital only owns about 20% interest in the Hospital while an outside source owns the remaining 80%. The University’s name is all over the Hospital, so they will remain the face of the hospital through the various discussions with expansion relations and the neighbors in Foggy Bottom, who tend to disagree with the hospital in these discussions.

UHS Management of GW

UHS is the group that runs the hospital, rather than the actual university, which is what most people may imagine. According to the GW website under management, Universal Health Services Inc. holds 80% interest in the hospital while the university only holds about 20% interest. Together, the management works to pursue the highest care and services to all patients.

GW Hospital Trauma Center

The Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine was named in honor of Ronald Reagan when the hospital treated Ronald Reagan after the attempted assassination. This is the Emergency Medicine department of GW that has caused conflict between the hospital and neighbors (of the residential area in Foggy Bottom) due to the fact that they have a trauma center that requires much traffic through their neighborhood. In addition to ambulances, the hospitals plans to use helicopters in the neighborhood to transfer patients

Foggy Bottom-GWU Station and the GW Hospital Street Corner

This video of the entrance of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station captures the popularity of the location for many people that are both traveling by the metro, those who have a relation to the hospital, those who sell t-shirts and give out pamphlets by the street corner, and to the homeless. This area is but vibrant. In the video, in the background, one can faintly hear a man playing guitar and singing for money. This noise contrasts against the sound of foot and vehicle traffic in the background, people talking, and the escalator moving.

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Neighbors: The Embassy of Spain

In the same neighborhood of the GW Hospital is the Spanish Embassy, located on Pennsylvania Ave. Because my main Built Environment focus is a hospital, I could not explore the interior as much so I decided to explore the surroundings and the important cultural factors of DC. The embassies are an important one of them. I thought the Embassy of Spain was interesting because most of the Embassies are located on Embassy row on Massachusetts Ave and this one was so far out of the way near GW.

 

Built Environment: Restaurants around GW Hospital

In exploring more of the cultural parts around the GW Hospital, I found there were many restaurants. Because I visited the site midday on a Wednesday, these restaurants were not very busy but there were many around that street corner with open patios to attract those who walk by, as it is a popular area. The featured restaurants are Circa, Roti Mediterranean Grill, and Sweet Green.

Field Notes on Built Environment of The George Washington University Hospital

  • Metro stop right next to the entrance
  • Did the construction of the metro contribute to better access to the hospital/vice versa?
  • Gardens found surrounding the building
  • A lot of foot traffic
  • Courtyard separates the medical school and the hospital
  • Entrance to the courtyard has gates and a model of George Washington’s head
  • People handing out pamphlets by the entrance of the hospital and the entrance of the metro
  • Found in the Courtyard: “Joy of healing those who seek my help” and “See truth and pursue it steadily”
  • A decent number of homeless people were seen sleeping on the benches in the courtyard
  • Weather: Warm, breezy, kind of cold in the shade
  • Sounds: Sirens, a lot of vehicular traffic on the streets outside the hospital (on 23rd St NW and New Hampshire NW)