Courtesy of Wilmot Sanz
Courtesy of Wilmot Sanz

The nonprofit Sibley Memorial Hospital, owned and operated by the renowned Johns Hopkins University, is joining forces with Unity Health Care to bring new diagnostic and treatment services to cancer patients at Unity’s Parkside Health Center.

While the oncology service will offer health care navigation, coordination services and focus primarily on expanding access to treatment for Unity patients with prostate and gynecologic cancers, services will be available to all Unity patients.

“We are delighted to welcome Sibley into a more expansive role in delivering services in the areas of greatest need,” said Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray, who has been working with Sibley for more than a year to increase health care services in Wards 7 and 8, long been regarded as health care deserts.

Sibley, located in D.C.’s Palisades community, is also operating the Ward Infinity Program, where some of its early results were announced during a June 27 town hall at the RISE Center at St. Elizabeths East.

The Ward Infinity Program is a community-focused initiative that seeks to develop innovative efforts related to better health and wellness outcomes in Wards 7 and 8. Sibley’s efforts focus on building innovative solutions in three key areas: food access, housing options, and increasing health literacy through the use of technology.

According to the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wards 7 and 8 are home to the highest cancer rates in the District. Cancer is also the second-leading cause of death in the United States and D.C. ranks sixth in the nation for cancer deaths.

“Since my return to the Council, I have relentlessly pursued expanding access to quality health care services for District residents, particularly the 150,000 residents who live in Wards 7 and 8, and who typically do not have access to quality health care services,” Gray said in a statement. “Sibley Hospital and Unity Health Care are partnering to bring needed oncology services to Unity’s Parkside Health Care Center. More importantly, I am heartened by the growing display of commitment to expand access to health care services and care to Wards 7 and 8.”

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