Letter to the Editor: Low-ranked hospital should not receive new helipad

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George Washington University Hospital is proposing to install a helipad at the building's southwest corner, near the corner of 24th and I streets NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2017)

As residents of the Foggy Bottom Historic District, we are opposed to the proposed installation and operation of a helipad on the roof of George Washington University Hospital.

Although the safety and noise issues raised by many others are extremely convincing and ultimately the best argument for opposition, we also object to the helipad based on the U.S. News & World Report’s recent ranking of GWU hospital (available at tinyurl.com/y9hwd4oc). Why should a hospital that ranks as substandard be allowed to provide special services when it cannot even provide good basic care?

We implore our neighborhood representatives to reject the pending application. Keep our community safe, free from additional air traffic noise pollution. We suggest that this hospital work toward improving its services instead.

Susan Lampton and David M. Lampton, Foggy Bottom