National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Needs $1.5 Billion for Repairs

National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Needs $1.5 Billion for Repairs

Plus: Summit highlights health disparities in Montgomery County; Derwood family fears sinkhole

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National Institutes of Health in Bethesda needs $1.5 billion for repairs

The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda has accumulated a $1.5 billion repair backlog, according to an agency spokeswoman.

In a report sent to the National Academy of Sciences, NIH maintenance workers outlined more than 400 improvements that need to be made to the facility, including $310 million for electrical distribution systems, $162 million for a central utility system, and $115 million for architectural, roof and elevator enhancements.

The total cost of repairs at all NIH facilities is estimated at $2 billion.

Maryland’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees last month requesting additional funding for the agency. [WTOP]

Summit highlights health disparities in Montgomery County

A summit hosted by the African-American Health Program on Thursday highlighted existing health disparities for black residents.

Many of those disparities widened for older black residents, program Director George McFarland said. Black seniors have higher rates of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other poor health indicators.

The summit also offered a resource fair with free health screenings. [WDVM]

Derwood family fears sinkhole

A Derwood family is worried their home is threatened by a growing sinkhole in their backyard.

The hole is now within 10 or 12 feet of the house, son Mark Debnam said. The family believes a broken stormwater drain owned by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is responsible.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is aware of the family’s concerns and sent a representative to investigate, the agency said. [NBC 4]

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