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Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

The AC is blasting, the iced tea is flowing and everybody is looking for the nearest pool. Welcome to summer in the District! For most of us, hot weather is an uncomfortable nuisance. But it’s also a potential health risk that can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. “We generally start to see patients with heat related illnesses around Memorial Day Weekend and this year has been no exception. With the very high temperatures, we’re seeing patients on a regular basis with heat related issues,” says Michael Silverman, MD, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Hospital Center. ...

Emergency Med

Emergency Med

Virginia Hospital Center has been recognized as an Emergency Center of Excellence, a national designation that has only been awarded to eight hospitals in the nation.
The Emergency Department at Virginia Hospital Center has been selected as a Lantern Award recipient by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) – 2013-2016.
Virginia Hospital Center received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award and recognized specifically in two categories – Inpatient and Emergency Department, and we were the only hospital in Virginia to receive this award – 2013.

If you think you are having a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that needs attention, CALL 911.

A heart attack. A fall at a construction site. A child's severe asthma attack... Without warning, medical emergencies strike, triggering the need for immediate, expert attention.

At Virginia Hospital Center, you can get the care you need in a facility prepared to handle the toughest emergencies and provide personalized care.  Our 36-bed unit provides the best of emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Not every decision made in the Emergency Department is a matter of life and death, but each is critical to the Hospital's ability to provide efficient, top-notch care.

Our Emergency Medicine facility includes:

  • A 28-bed primary unit
  • A 8-bed Express Care unit for less urgent cases
  • Sophisticated on-site equipment including cardiac monitors, portable monitoring equipment, ventilators, and a testing laboratory.
  • Dedicated X-ray room with technician in the Emergency Department.

Equipped with state-of-the-art decontamination facilities, including:

  • Decontamination showers
  • Six negative pressure rooms

As part of Virginia Hospital Center, a leading full-service Hospital, we can:

  • Perform all diagnostics and emergency patient needs without delay, including sonograms and CT scans.
  • Have some tests sent electronically to our computers for immediate readings.
  • Provide medical subspecialty consulting and treatment 24 hours a day—including cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, OB/GYN, and surgery.
  • Arrange, as needed, seamless admission to the hospital for quality in-patient care.

Unlike other emergency facilities, virtually all Emergency Medicine patients who need inpatient care can be admitted right here. No transfer. No hassle.
Call ER registration at 703.558.6168.



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