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August 18, 2008

Sibley to Add
Key Buildings


Sibley Hospital was part of the hospital construction boom in the early 1960's, and like many 47-year-old hospitals (and people) it can use some new parts. CEO Bob Sloan tells us they'll be receiving just that over the next five years. They might have added even more, but as much as their community loves and uses 'em, they like to blend in.


Until now, Sibley lacked a medical building, but that's changing when they break ground in early '09. In addition to space for 62 physicians, the project includes a new auditorium and more parking. Once that wraps in '10, the hospital will work with the community to gain approval for a new emergency room and a patient pavilion which will ensure each of Sibley's 328 beds are in private rooms. It's too early for a price tag but Bob says they've organized a hospital foundation for the first time and the capital campaign aims to drum up $50-$100 million. Bucking the clich?, they will spend it all in one place: the new patient pavilion to serve the community.


Underscoring the medical office building's importance, Bob has assigned his longtime associate and COO, Jerry Price, who has experience in construction projects, to manage the process. They put out RFP's and are in the final selection process for an architect and contractor. The two met nearly 30 years ago while working at Columbia Hospital for Women.


Some other hospital news: Sibley hired Pouneh Razava, MD, from Georgetown to join the Sullivan Center for Breast Health, making it the only area hospital with two dedicated breast radiologists. Last year, Sibley diagnosed more cases of breast cancer than any area hospital and performed over 20,000 mammograms. And Sibley's Cancer Center just added a TomoTherapy Hi Art Treatment system for delivering precision radiation therapy; only 200 hospitals worldwide have the device.


Bob took the typical route to hospital administration. The Indiana native joined the army ahead of the draft in 1968 and achieved the rank of Captain with a top secret cryptographic clearance. (Did we say "typical?" We meant "what?!") After a tour in Southeast Asia where he commanded a detachment on the Thai/Cambodia border during the Vietnam War, Bob earned the right to transfer anywhere he wanted, and by anywhere the army meant Arizona or Alaska. Bob declined and instead went to grad school at GW. His career started at Prince George's Hospital Center, and he joined Sibley in 1985. More recently, he's back from a trip to Swaziland (just east of South Africa), where he helped consult with local medical centers. We're sure he'd love to share photos with you, just not next week, as he's off to Hilton Head for some R & R.

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