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Richard Marriott with Sibley's Chair of the Emergency Department , Dr. Jennifer Abele, and President Chip Davis

Marriott Foundation Donates $1 Million for the New Emergency Department

September 2015

The Sibley Foundation is honored to announce that Emergency Department patients are the beneficiaries of a $1 million gift from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. The Bethesda-based Marriott Foundation’s generous donation provides a patient-friendly reception area for Sibley’s new Emergency Department. The reception area is bright and spacious with numerous cell phone charging stations. “This hospital has been a part of my life, throughout all of my life,” explained Foundation Trustee and ‎Chairman of Host Hotels and Resorts, Richard Marriott.  “Our family is thrilled to have such a great facility close to home.”

“We are very grateful to the Marriott family for their tremendous support”, stated, Kristen Pruski, assistant vice president, Sibley Foundation. “Their philanthropy will positively impact the patient experience and greatly benefit the community.”

Philanthropy Helps Develops an Award-Winning Stroke Program

April 2015

For the second year in a row, Sibley Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for treating stroke patients.

The Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award highlights how philanthropy can support a program’s development here at Sibley. In 2013, the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation received an anonymous $1 million donation from a grateful patient to help build the Stroke program. The generous gift enabled the program to hire a new Nurse Practitioner, establish the Stroke Support Group and also provide staff with continued education opportunities.

Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Sibley’s Stroke Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"Hospitals following these guidelines can help prevent or minimize the often devastating effects of strokes," said Jason Freeman, M.D., medical director of the Sibley stroke program. "This award demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines."

"We are pleased to recognize Sibley for their commitment and dedication to stroke care," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines® steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With the Guidelines® quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care."

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke also helps Sibley’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.