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Sibley seeks OK to build more beds (Northwest Current)

November 18, 2009

Sibley Memorial Hospital's stated mission is to "provide quality health services" to the Washington, D.C., community. Now, Sibley administrators say, the hospital needs zoning relief in order to fulfill that goal.

According to Jerry Price, Sibley's senior vice president for real estate and construction, patients across the country are clamoring for private rooms.

"Private rooms have become the standard of care," he said at the Wednesday's meeting of the Palisades-Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commission. "Increasingly, families want to be with their loved ones."

Plus, he said, the desire for private rooms will only grow as the population ages. "The aging demographic will require more beds," Price said.

So, with patients' preferences in mind and a graying group of baby boomers on the horizon, the hospital wants to build a new patient pavilion composed entirely of private rooms.

Read more by downloading the November 11, 2009 issue of the Northwest Current. (PDF, 29.7MB)

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