Noted local philanthropists Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn have made a leadership gift to the Sibley Institute for Bone and Joint Health to facilitate research and enhance patient care at the institute. In recognition of their gift, the institute will be named the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Bone and Joint Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
“The Gildenhorns’ support is so important to us,” said Anthony S. Unger, MD, medical director for the institute, orthopaedic surgeon at Sibley Memorial Hospital and member of Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty. “The mission of the institute is to provide excellence in orthopaedic care, and their generosity will help us as we continue to grow into a regional center for all of Washington, providing the latest treatment options for all musculoskeletal conditions.”
Sibley Memorial Hospital has a long-standing reputation for orthopaedic leadership in the Washington, D.C. region. Sibley’s orthopaedic services have been rated among the best in the nation by a leading national health care research organization and Sibley is ranked among the top 100 hospital programs in the country for hip replacement.
“For Sibley Memorial Hospital to fully achieve its vision of being the role model for innovation in health care and wellness for all, we must increasingly rely on the generosity of forward-looking individuals who know that their gifts to Sibley represent a sound investment in health care and innovation,” said Richard O. Davis, Ph.D., president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital. “Joseph and Alma are two such visionaries and we at Sibley—and our patients—are exceedingly grateful for their extraordinary generosity.”
“We have always been committed to the idea of a full-service center for outstanding orthopaedic care,” said Ambassador and Mrs. Gildenhorn. “When Dr. Unger suggested that it was possible to have this facility at Sibley, we enthusiastically supported his vision. The physicians and nursing staff are outstanding, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. To us, Sibley meets the criteria that we had in mind. We are delighted that Dr. Unger will be the medical director of the Institute.”
Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn have been recognized leaders in civic, cultural and charitable organizations for many years. Mr. Gildenhorn graduated from the University of Maryland and received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. In conjunction with his practice of law, he was a founder of the JBG Companies, a local real estate development and management company. Now, having merged, the company is JBG Smith and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1989, he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as U. S. Ambassador to Switzerland and served until 1993. Ambassador Gildenhorn served for 11 years as chairman of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Currently he is co-chair of the Wilson Center National Cabinet. He also had the distinction of serving as chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of Maryland. He previously served as president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in addition to other numerous leadership positions in the Jewish community.
Alma Gildenhorn shares her husband’s passion for activism and philanthropy. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she is a trustee of its Foundation Board. She currently serves as co-chair of the “Fearless” Campaign for Maryland, a 1.5 billion dollar fundraising goal. A former interim co-chair and vice chairman for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mrs. Gildenhorn is now an honorary trustee of the Center and serves on its Executive Committee. She has been a trustee of the Aspen Institute for over 20 years and is now a lifetime trustee. She co-chairs the National Cabinet of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Presently, Mrs. Gildenhorn is also a commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery.
Ambassador and Mrs. Gildenhorn sponsor the Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute, the Gildenhorn Middle East Forum at the Wilson Center and are the benefactors of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland. The Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the performing arts center at Maryland University also bears their name. The Gildenhorns have received numerous honors and leadership awards, including “Washingtonians of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2016, they were inducted into the University of Maryland’s Hall of Fame, the first couple to receive this coveted honor. In November of this year, Ambassador Gildenhorn will be inducted, with his partners, into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.
About Sibley Memorial Hospital: Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 386-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopaedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus, with its new patient tower, is also home to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence, a medical building with physician offices as well as outpatient surgery and imaging centers. For more information, visit Sibley.org.