NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART VIRGINIA HOSPITAL CENTER OPENS
ARLINGTON, VA — On October 23, the new Virginia Hospital Center will host a Grand Opening celebration, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 am, followed by a Fall Festival for the community from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Grand Opening Fall Festival will feature tours of the new Hospital, free health screenings, food, music, and prizes.
After five years of planning and more than three years of construction, the new $150 million Virginia Hospital Center will officially open on Monday, November 1, 2004. The 530,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility was designed with patient and visitor comfort as its primary concern. All inpatient rooms are private with private bathrooms at semi-private room rates, and all feature hotel-style amenities such as daybeds for visitors and data ports for internet access. A conveniently located underground parking garage with 1,100 spaces streamlines campus traffic and eases both patient and visitor accessibility. In addition, the new Virginia Hospital Center has a nationally commissioned art collection and a Starbucks coffee barista. Located just off of the new main entrance, a cascading water wall and greenery ease the transition to the interior of the Hospital and offer soothing touches that contribute to a healing atmosphere. And, to facilitate communication, mobile phone and PDA use are now permitted throughout the completely wireless-enabled facility.
Fine service, a concept associated more with select hotels than hospitals, is paramount at Virginia Hospital Center. A revolutionary concierge admissions process puts Patient Access Representatives at the service of incoming patients and their families. From the moment they arrive, patients are greeted and escorted to their rooms where admissions procedures are completed at the bedside in privacy and comfort. Patients request meals through room service, with operators assisted by a computer system to ensure that dietary concerns are addressed upon ordering.
"From the moment the new Hospital was envisioned, we began designing around the concept of patient-centered care. The architectural plan is the culmination of an intensive process involving a specialized team of healthcare architects and 'user groups' of patients, families, doctors, nurses, administrators and support staff," said James B. Cole, president and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center.
The new Virginia Hospital Center's patient-centered design also guided its increase in size and medical capabilities, including: a 60% larger Emergency Department, a 100% larger Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Department, centralized outpatient services, and new private outpatient surgery prep and recovery rooms.
State-of-the-Art Medical Facility
Located in one of the fastest growing communities in the metropolitan area and in the shadow of the Nation's Capital, Virginia Hospital Center developed its new medical facility to keep pace with the predicted increase in need and use, while simultaneously offering the finest in state-of-the-art medical technology. The new Hospital provides patients with the area's premier diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
· The expanded Emergency Department (ED) accommodates 75% more patients and features separate entrances for walk-in patients and ambulances to ease traffic flow and add to patient convenience. The new ED positions its trauma and resuscitation rooms directly adjacent to the ambulance entrance to speed access to critical care capabilities. Thirty-six private, enclosed ED treatment rooms have sliding glass doors with curtains for visual and auditory privacy and greater infection control. And, to reduce patient waiting time, the new department will house its own dedicated x-ray room staffed by a full-time technician.
· The emergency response capability of the new Emergency Department is state-of-the-art with decontamination showers and negative pressure rooms. The new Virginia Hospital Center is equipped to treat 100 contaminated patients per hour. The Hospital regularly participates in disaster drills.
· The new Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Department has doubled in size and is located in close proximity to the ED for easier access. The expanded department features completely film-less (digital) technology to provide doctors with easier access to images, enabling quicker diagnoses for patients.
· An expanded Women's Imaging Center, conveniently located near the main lobby, is staffed with dedicated technicians and offers breast ultrasound, dexascan (bone mineral density analysis for detection of osteoporosis) and ACR-certified mammography technology.
· Unique to the region, the new Hospital features an Operating Room (OR) specifically designated for Neurosurgery. And, the new Hospital is equipped with two designated Cardiovascular ORs, adding up to a total of eight new, state-of-the-art operating suites in the new facility.
· The Outpatient Surgery Department features private pre- and post-surgical patient rooms for comfortable and seamless recovery, enhanced infection control and greater privacy.
· An advanced data retrieval system, Mercury MD, provides physicians with instant, secure access to patient records via portable, handheld devices. This includes up-to- the-minute lab results, radiology reports, vital signs and medication lists.
For over 60 years Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence, including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Oncology, and Women & Infant Health. Growing service lines include Neuroscience and the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University's School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.