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 Community Spreads Through Foggy Bottom

“Foggy Bottom is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to three major airports, including Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International, as well as to Union Station where you can take the bus or train.” –

One of the greatest aspects of the Foggy Bottom area is that it holds connections to all parts of the city, it has become an attraction for students and regular people who look for common attractions such as an abundance of restaurants and even places to live or attend school. Where GW University and all that it encompasses is located in DC is in Foggy Bottom, which has turned into college student filled area because of the GW buildings that are located all over the area, in addition to the attractions like the metro, and many restaurants. Foggy Bottom boasts locations to all places and the name itself refers to connects. When George Washington is researched, either as a school or as the hospital, they both draw attention to the connections. One thing that is noticed all over Foggy Bottom due to the draw of the area are the GW logos on all the buildings and being repped by all students walking around the city. Thus, the GW logos are what make the community within the area.

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.

Annotated Bibliography 5&6: GW Helipad News and The Foggy Bottom Residence Community

Annotated Bib 5:

Reed, Tina. “GW Hospital seeks to add helipad to Foggy Bottom campus. Washington Business Journal, 29 March 2017,

  1. Author, Tina Reed, states that the Hospital is seeking approval for a helipad to add onto their trauma center. Those who speak for the hospital state that “in order to better serve the critical and emergent needs of those in our area” a helipad would be necessary for those means. But Reed also reports that previously, the issue has been approached where helipads had been banned because they were deemed a “public nuisance,” as explained by Reed, “GW Hospital received approval for a helipad from the Secret Service and the Federal Aviation Administration in 1987 but was ultimately blocked from building it after Foggy Bottom residents protested” (2017). Her article is important because, while residents argue noise complaints, the doctors argue that their needs to be a more efficient way to move patients quickly in dire times and they need to be a hospital that is as modern as possible. There is a commonality found within the Foggy Bottom resident discourse, which results in GW disturbances and a constant debate over GW Hospital improvements.
  2. Much research has led to conflict of the residents with the GW community, and the re-stabilization of that same community, therefore, I would also like to look more into the results of the noise test that they will perform on the area to determine if the helipad will be too noisy. I will use this article to expand on the topic of neighborhood and community relations.


Annotated Bib 6:

Malinowski, Shilpi. “Where We Live: In Foggy Bottom, young and old coexist amid the landmarks”. The Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2014,

  1. The author, Malinowski, argues that the features being built in Foggy Bottom are trying to build the community between all residents because it creates a commonplace between the young and older residents. “Besides the hospital cafeteria, Whole Foods, which opened a location at 2201 I St. NW in 2011, is another community meeting place, said Walter Woods… “They helped increase the sense of community” (2014). Foggy Bottom is an area that has two significant populations: those who live there in the row houses and those who are the students who attend George Washington University (and Hospital), therefore, the community is diverse but they are always working to improve it, GW that is (because they cause the issues). Malinowski cites how demographically the populations tends to be older even with the college located in that same part of the city. The author also mentions the infamous Watergate community where the Nixon scandal took place, and interestingly enough, discusses the architecture of this building as well. He notes this area is a place that connects to other parts of the cities and connects all other people to each other, with the restaurants, metro stop, and the location of housing to it all.
  2. The contrast between college, residential, and hospital life is applicable to my research topic, as there is a somewhat strained relationship between the neighbors and the college students that live in the area. I would use this relationship with GW along with GW hospital, and the community of the area for my project on the Foggy Bottom area. I think I would next look into the reputation of the area.

(they are both from the same website as the article)

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

After being stuck in line for an hour and thirty minutes too many, my friend and I ended up discussing the connotations of the phrase “Do you have a boyfriend?” One that is used by a lot men when they are hitting on women. This statement is one that many girls hear far too often.

When men receive the answer from women, that “yes, I do have a boyfriend,” they receive it as a message that some man already has possession of this women and he need not continue with whatever speil he was about to propose. In order to curb the situation, my friend lied about having a boyfriend so that men would not continue to berate her with questions. Another friend stated that they were gay, but even that did not subdue the man’s efforts. And in this case, he kept referring back to the point that she was missing out on a man… um no.

Many men see women as objects. And when another man is already in that territory the other will back off.

And of course “not all men” do this and that is true but what is “all men” is what is translated through jokes and through culture and how relationships are examined, formed, and expected to be. Far too often, I have found myself whining about something that causes me no harm, typically homework, but everyone else is doing it so I continue to do so as well. In the similar sense, this translates into how men treat women. A man might see his friend treat a girlfriend one way and say “well, I would never do that,” but this man also never interferes to interrupt the cycle.

“Do you have a boyfriend?” may seem like an innocent question, but don’t ask me if I belong someone else’s first before you decide to corner me into a conversation.

A lot of artists use music to make a statement on these types of advances. The beginning Alessia Cara’s song speaks more along the lines of being disinterested in male advances and I just like Hey Violet’s tunes.

Trump knows nothing about history… why is that shocking?

““It’s not overly surprising that he would say nice things about Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage and say nice things about Henry Clay in Louisville,” Daniel Feller, a professor at the University of Tennessee and an expert on Jackson, said. “In fact, you might say that it’s par for the course.” – Politico, about Donald Trump

This was taken from an article, titled “Trump’s loose grip on history is biting him” (written by Aiden Quigley), about Donald Trump’s lack of basic historical knowledge and its political effect on America. The last line is a jab at Trump, slightly mocking him because all he seems to be doing recently, instead of his job as leader of the free world, is play golf.

So Trump may be “par for the course” in that situation regarding Jackson and Clay, but his most recent acts in Congress and all his first efforts at legislature have failed, with repealing Obamacare and implementing a new health care plan, and with the Muslim ban.

Additionally, Andrew Jackson’s current reputation directs him to the Trail of Tears, where he forced out thousands of Native Americans from their homes and many of them died. There is irony where it states, “It’s not overly surprising that [Trump] would say nice things about Andrew Jackson…” Trump is not known to be politically correct or to even care for anyone but himself, so this statement is not “surprising.”

In summary, the article is discussing his lack of historical knowledge, mostly regarding the past presidents but this article is intended to be applied to all other aspects of world history, as his legislature, future actions, and negotiations are all built on the past relations between other nations. (President Trump, U.S. News)         Things do not disappear between presidents and most of the foreign nations do not like Trump in the first place, so his blatant ignorance does not do him any favors.

The GW Hospital “pamphlet”

When I went into the Hospital to find a pamphlet, I talked to a man at the information desk who looked around but could not find me a traditional pamphlet. Instead, he presented me with the George Washington University Hospital newsletter. In this newsletter, there are articles that discuss the medical advances that the hospital has made. The newsletter also features a story on a local man who survived cardiac arrest while at a Washington Nationals baseball game with the assist of the GWU Hospital team (as featured on the cover).

Interior of the GW Hospital

The hospital’s entrance way seemed partially hidden from the street and sidewalk, as it is set into the building. When I entered the hospital’s reception area, I noticed the high ceilings and the modern interior design. The room was round, with chairs partially on one side, the receptionist desk straight forward from the door with a hallway that extended behind it. To the left of the front entrance there was a cafeteria, and a stairway to an upper level. These pictures do not show much detail of the room because the room was crowded and I did not want to take people’s photos without them knowing.


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.