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Philanthropy In Action


Improving Care for Sibley's Older Patients

Sibley Volunteer, Margaret, and Geriatrics Nurse Navigator, Matt Brown

Photo: Sibley Volunteer, Margaret, and Geriatrics Nurse Navigator, Matt Brown

Matt’s position was funded for 3 years by the Foundation.

“Thanks to the Sibley Foundation, the NICHE program has been able to expand its program, to include not only geriatric education for the nursing and ancillary staff, but also to include a Geriatric Nurse Navigator to help with safe senior patient transitions after they leave the hospital. Patients have expressed that receiving a phone call at home after discharge, from the navigator, has put them at ease knowing that there is a connection back at the hospital if they need it.”

—Suzanne Dutton, N.P.
Geriatrics Coordinator

Advanced Stroke Life Support

Sibley Stroke Program

Photo: Sibley Stroke Team at the ASLS training at the Miller School of Medicine University, Miami

An anonymous donor gave $1 million to fund the Stroke Program.

"May 4th and 5th nine Sibley nurses attended the ASLS (Advanced Stroke Life Support) training at the Miller School of Medicine University Miami. The training course fees, accommodation and traveling costs were very generously provided through philanthropy. The staff that attended are responsible for coming back and training the Sibley staff on ASLS."

—Jennifer Knittig
Stroke Coordinator

Sibley Stroke Support Group

Stroke Class

Photo: Jennifer Knittig, Stroke Coordinator, with Stroke Support Group members

An anonymous donor gave $1 million to fund the Stroke Program.

"Every 3rd Wednesday of the month the Sibley Stroke Support Group meets. Over a light lunch, the stroke survivors and caregivers participate in sessions with speakers and stroke program staff."

— Jennifer Knittig
Stroke Coordinator

Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group

Photo: Liz Tamasi, Oncology Social Worker, Emily Sower, N.P., Palliative Care and patients

A grateful patient with advanced breast cancer donated $2,000 to launch this support group.

"Through generous support we have been able to start a support group for individuals with advanced cancer. Meeting every other week, the group allows for an openness and understanding amongst metastatic patients that other cancer support groups may not provide. Patients regularly voice how incredibly helpful and meaningful the group is to this unique patient population."

— Liz Tamasi
Oncology Social Worker

Emergency Department 


Photo: Sibley nurses working on a Pyxis machine

The Pyxis machine was funded by a gift from grateful patients.

"Thanks to donor support, the Emergency Department got a Pyxis machine. Pyxis is a medication dispensing machine that allows the nurse to stay in the room when critical medications are needed that are not on the crash cart. Keeping the team together is important with patients in distress. Among others, the machine houses medications to stop a seizure and to paralyze someone for intubation."

— Jennifer Abele, M.D.
Chair, Emergency Department

Bio Bank


Photo: Jim Powers, M.D.

Dr. Lin received a $1 million gift from a grateful patient in support of his research and program development.

"In memory of Dr. Jim Powers, we launched a research project called the ‘Bio Bank’ in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. Our Sibley specific program would include acquisition of tumor and serum specimens from women with adnexal or uterine cancer and register and store them at Sibley."

—Jeffrey Lin, M.D.
Director, Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Surgery

Silberman Family Special Care Nursery

Special Care Nursery

Photo: Silberman Family Special Care Nursery nurses

This training is funded through our Young Professionals Board.

"Due to your generous philanthropic support, there are currently 17 certified RNs in Special Care Nursery (almost 60% of Special Care Nursery nurses)."

—Pauline Solomita
Nurse Manager, Special Care Nursery

Simulation Training

Emergency Department Simulation

Photo: An emergency department simulation

A grateful patient gave $125,000 to fund simulation trainings for 5 years.

"Thanks to many donors, we have had around 18 simulation days and run two scenarios per day. All of the ED physicians and 40 nurses have participated. Our goal is to continue these incredibly valuable trainings as we move into the new Emergency Department."

— Jennifer Abele, M.D.
Chair, Emergency Department

Club Memory

Club Memory

Photo: Club Memory group members

Club Memory received support from the Foundation.

"Philanthropy has made it possible to provide low to no cost stigma-free social engagement and community for persons with early stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia (ADRD). An additional infusion of philanthropy in 2012-2013 made it possible for Club Memory to grow from 10-15 members to regularly supporting over 90 individuals in our Ward 3 program. In addition, philanthropy made it possible to extend the program into Wards 7 and 8, with an expectation to expand into Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6 before July 2016."

—Marti Bailey, B.S., C.S.A.
Director, Sibley Senior Association & Community Health

Patient Empathy Project

Colleen Sweeney

Photo: Colleen Sweeney, creator of the Patient Empathy Project and the Patient Experience Pyramid, presenting to the staff and leadership

Funded by the Foundation.

"On June 15, 2015, Colleen Sweeney, creator of the Patient Empathy Project and the Patient  Experience Pyramid, presented to the staff and leadership. The feedback from these sessions was overwhelmingly positive — everyone we heard from has had such positive remarks to share from both the Keynote and the leadership workshops. Colleen’s energy, enthusiasm and, most importantly, her passion for improving the patient experience through recognition of their fears and concerns will surely have a lasting impact on the care we deliver. Thank you to the Foundation for creating the opportunity for us to meet and learn from this nationally recognized presenter and author."

—Joanne Miller
Chief Nursing Officer

Special Care Nursery Baby

Photo: Nurse caring for baby in the Special Care Nursery

‘Wink' is funded through our Young Professionals Board.

"Thanks to the Foundation, we have been able to launch ‘Wink’ for parents that have babies in the Special Care Nursery. This secure video conferencing ability provides precious bonding for moms and dads with their babies."

— Pauline Solomita
Nurse Manager, Special Care Nursery




Photo: Tara Rowden, R.N. recieving the DAISY Award

"The Department of Nursing extends their sincere gratitude to the Sibley Foundation for generously supporting The DAISY Award for our extraordinary nurses. In 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes created this award to honor their son and the nurses who cared for him during the last weeks of his life. Through our amazing Foundation, Sibley has been able to recognize seven outstanding caring and compassionate nurses. The award is presented to the nurse on the unit where they provide care for patients, always in front of their peers and leaders and often times in front of the patient or family member who nominated them. We are able to recognize the nurse and also their team that provides a healthy work environment so our nurses can practice as the caring scientists that makes Sibley proud. "

—Joanne Miller
Chief Nursing Officer