MedStar Georgetown University Hospital receives $10 million gift

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital receives $10 million gift

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., has announced a $10 million gift from Shelley and Allan Holt to help fund construction of a medical/surgical pavilion.

The largest gift in support of the pavilion to date will help secure technology designed to assist surgeons with planning and performing complex procedures, improve the quality of care, and create unparalleled training opportunities for tomorrow's surgical leaders. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the pavilion will house one of the first intraoperative MRI (iMRI) surgical suites in the capital region. The 477,213-square-foot facility also will feature a hundred and fifty-six private patient rooms, a rooftop helipad with direct access to thirty-one operating rooms, and thirty-two exam rooms in a modernized emergency department.

"Intraoperative MRI allows for real-time brain imaging while the patient is in the operating room, which improves accuracy and shortens surgical time," said Christopher Kalhorn, co-director of the Movement Disorders Program and director of the epilepsy, pediatric, and functional Neurosurgery Program at MedStar Georgetown. "This technology will greatly benefit our patients with Parkinson's disease, brain tumors, epilepsy, and more."

"Our commitment holds great significance for me because I started my career at Georgetown University Hospital and am honored now to serve on the MedStar Georgetown board of directors," said Shelley Holt. "Allan and I have been impressed by their perpetual drive to advance the future of medicine, scholarly achievement, and access to care for all. We hope our gift for the new pavilion will encourage others to support it as they can."