BRONX, NY – Simone Healthcare Development, a division of Simone Development Companies focused on building medical facilities in partnership with health care providers in the New York metropolitan area, has appointed real estate industry veteran Guy Leibler as its President.  Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development Companies, made the announcement.

In his new position, Leibler will lead business and property development at Simone Healthcare to interact with hospitals, medical provider systems and physician groups to develop medical office buildings and ambulatory centers. Simone Healthcare Development provides a full range of services to its clients, including Strategic Planning, Site Selection and Acquisition, Design/Construction/ Development, Financing/Ownership, and Medical Building Facilities Management. 

“The healthcare industry is continuing to change at a rapid pace and creating significant change in the way healthcare is provided in the United States.,” said Mr. Leibler.  “Healthcare consolidation will continue, with fewer hospitals and large medical groups providing ambulatory services to the community. These changes will require state-of-the-art, efficient and specialized facilities of varying sizes be developed.Simone Healthcare is uniquely positioned to be the development partner to healthcare providers because of our ability to locate, acquire, design and develop facilities quickly, as we understand the rapid and complex changes affecting the industry.”

Mr. Leibler began his career at Schulman Realty Group in 1978. He became president and chief executive officer in 1987 and continued in that position until departing in 1992. Leibler joined Sony Corporation in 1993, where he led the development of new business platforms for Sony operating groups.

Leibler was elected chairman of White Plains Hospital in 1997, where he had served as a director since 1988. He led a repositioning of the $350 million annual revenue hospital by developing a cancer treatment center, expanding the maternity program to include a neo-natal intensive care unit, creating an orthopedic institute, and laying the groundwork for a cardiac center.  He served as chairman of the board for five years and continues to serve White Plains Hospital as a Chairman Emeritus. 

Leibler was named president and chief operating officer of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 2001, making design excellence and project management the firm’s priorities. He joined L&L Holding Company as vice chairman and chief operating officer in 2004.  The Manhattan based real estate investment company focused on purchasing and repositioning office properties. 

He graduated from American University with a degree in political science and international affairs and received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

“Guy Leibler’s vast experience makes him the ideal senior executive to guide Simone Healthcare Development as we grow in response to increasing client demand for our services as a full-service health care real estate development and management partner,” Mr. Simone said.  “Simone Healthcare Development represents a new stage in the evolution of our longstanding relationship with the medical community in the New York City metropolitan region.  As hospitals and other health care providers look for new and innovative ways of delivering the best care, we are partnering with them to develop and manage the new facilities they need in order to accomplish those goals.”

The Simone Healthcare Development model contemplates a long-term relationship with the healthcare provider that encompasses every aspect of locating, designing, building, and operating a new facility.  The company is actively working with Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and other major health care providers on new outpatient care centers throughout the New York metropolitan area.  In partnership with Montefiore, Simone Healthcare Development Group is building a 280,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary ambulatory care center within Simone’s 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center office park in the Bronx, as well as a new outpatient facility in the Riverdale section of the borough.  Simone Healthcare Development Group also recently acquired the Park Avenue Medical Arts Center on East 88th Street in Manhattan, which the company will renovate and update in accordance with the needs of medical tenants.

“Our mission is to engage with healthcare providers at the beginning of the planning process to achieve the best outcome, and to remain a trusted advisor and long-term partner through every step of development and following completion of the facility,” Leibler added.