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Fate Of Only Hospital East Of Anacostia River Still Unclear

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Mayor Vincent Gray as well as Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi have long said they want United Medical Center off of the city's books and turned over to a private owner.

Gray says this view was reinforced by a recent visit with the bond rating agencies on Wall Street, who urged the city to sell the hospital.

But that may take some time.

Gray says he's hiring an outside consultant to help actively market the hospital.

"They will look at the qualities and characteristics that...a safety-net hospital should have, they will help us determine the financial wherewithal, the financial prognosis for the hospital," Gray says.

He says finding a suitable buyer for the hospital could take up to a year.

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