Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Expands Cancer Care and Research Facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC



Cancer experts from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center are now embedded in a newly expanded facility within Johns Hopkins Medicine–owned Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, DC.

Sibley recently opened the 30,000-square-foot medical oncology facility—part of its new 475,000-square-foot patient tower—including 34 private rooms and 3 shared spaces for patients receiving outpatient treatment, such as chemotherapy or other infusions. With 20 exam and consultation rooms, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley has doubled its capacity for delivering cancer treatments. Adjacent to the medical oncology facility is a 30,000-square-foot radiation therapy treatment center for adults and children with cancer. The close proximity of the two facilities supports the delivery of multidisciplinary cancer diagnosis and treatment planning, enhanced research opportunities, and access to leading-edge clinical trials.

Some 40 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine medical, surgical, and radiation oncology faculty members and members of the Kimmel Cancer Center now practice at the Johns Hopkins–owned Sibley Memorial and Suburban hospitals. Johns Hopkins officials say they plan to hire additional experts as the programs expand.

Kimmel Cancer Center programs in the Washington, DC, region span subspecialty expertise for adults with all types of cancer and comprehensive radiation therapy services for adults and children with cancer. Sibley’s new facility for proton therapy, which has been shown to enhance treatment effectiveness and outcomes in certain types of cancer, is expected to open in 2019.

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s newly expanded cancer facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Credit: Halkin Mason Photography.

The Kimmel Cancer Center’s radiation therapy programs at Sibley and Suburban include videoconferencing systems that allow real-time connectivity with tumor type–specific clinical teams at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

In addition to clinical care and research, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley and the Kimmel Cancer Center radiation oncology program at Suburban provide the full range of patient support services, including social workers, patient navigators, and health-care professionals who provide support services, such as counseling; psychosocial support; and educational needs for patients, families, and caregivers.

Earlier this year, through a partnership with Sibley, Children’s National Health System, and the Johns Hopkins University, a first-of-its-kind pediatric radiation oncology program in the Washington, DC, region was opened at Sibley. The program is designed specifically for pediatric oncology experts at Johns Hopkins and Children’s National to collaborate on clinical care and research that are solely focused on providing the most advanced care for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Additionally, this collaboration of pediatric oncology experts will lead the development of pediatric-focused proton therapy services, which will be delivered in the dedicated pediatric facilities being constructed as part of the Johns Hopkins proton therapy center at Sibley. ■



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