An example of a proton therapy treatment room
Sibley’s proton center will begin treating patients in 2019. The center is being uniquely developed to incorporate both state-of-the-art clinical technology and the capability to conduct advanced translational research. A breakthrough cancer treatment, proton therapy offers both greater effectiveness and less toxicity than conventional radiation therapy.
Proton therapy is far from standard. It is available at only 23 sites in the United States and ten sites in other countries; due to limited availability, it has been reserved for patients who have cancers that are difficult to reach, such as tumors in delicate areas of the eye, or that are located near vital organs which must be protected. Proton therapy is particularly valuable for children whose brains and organs are still developing. Today, proton therapy can only be offered to children with greatest need such as to young cancer patients with brain and spine tumors, to avoid blindness, hearing loss, cognitive deficits, and lifelong need for hormone replacement.
The proton center will have a total of four treatment rooms–two for adults, one for children and one for research. Efforts will be dedicated to the advancement of proton therapy clinical care, research and education, bringing the benefits of this sophisticated, life-changing technology to patients and families in the Washington, D.C. region, including those from underserved areas.
Building C Renovation
Building C rendering
Since Building C's opening in 1961, it has housed all of Sibley’s inpatient units, serving the health care needs of our community for over 58 years. With the opening of Building B, the majority of inpatient departments have been relocated. Building C continues to be an essential structure on Sibley’s campus as it retains clinical units such as behavioral health and the ICU, as well as support services such as diagnostic imaging and operating rooms. The move of clinical units to Building B has left a large area of unoccupied space that will be converted to warm-lit-shell space to allow for the repurposing of Building C.
The renovation of Building C includes:
- Upgrading the infrastructure, which includes replacing existing heating and air conditioning systems
- Modernizing and upgrading the elevators
- Renovating the existing elevator lobbies to include bathrooms, IT and electrical closets
- Replacing windows, cast stone elements, roofs, flashing and caulking, which will improve the building’s exterior aesthetics, efficiency and provide substantial benefits in reduced operational cost
Plans are underway to determine the best use of the vacated space. There is preliminary interest in converting a large percentage of the space into various outpatient clinics to serve the growing need for ambulatory services on campus. The real estate and construction team will be leading the effort to determine the detailed plan and timing for the space.