Going to the Doctor Just Got Easier
Northern Virginia’s Premier Multi-Specialty Physician Group
For Hong Hang Nguyen, DO of Primary Care Arlington putting patients first is about “establishing a stronger partnership with our patients. The first step in achieving that is to be more available to patients by accommodating their schedules.” That’s why all of the VHC Physician Group Primary Care practices offer:
- Same Day Appointments for urgent conditions.
- Extended Hours — including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays.
- Online Appointment Scheduling for follow-up care and acute care visits.
- In-House Lab Services — so getting lab work done is fast and easy.
- Phones Answered All Day — even during lunch hours.
- One Phone Number — call our Patient Access Center at 703.DIAL.VHC to reach any practice.
- Patient Portal — online access to your personal health record.
All of which makes it easier to have a close relationship with a care team that’s totally focused on your health. Your primary care team is made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, patient care representatives and medical assistants put together specifically for your healthcare needs. “I always tell my patients we’re doing it together,” says nurse practitioner Sandra Esset, MS, FNP-BC, of Primary Care Alexandria.
Patient education is an important part of primary medical care. “The more information patients have, the more engaged they are in their own health,” says Dr. Nguyen.
“Our Patient Portal makes it easy for patients to be informed about their health.” By logging onto the secure Patient Portal, patients can see lab and test results, view office visit summaries, and their doctor’s comments have a record of their medications and print out their medical history and records for their personal files, or to show to other physicians. The care team can post patient education materials, such as healthy grocery shopping tips for a patient with high cholesterol or exercise routines that make working out more fun. It is information from a trusted source— their primary care doctor.
That kind of holistic approach to health is what’s missing for people without a relationship with a primary care practice. “Having a discussion about your health and risk assessment is important at any age, starting in your 20s,” says Esset. A primary care physician or nurse practitioner can detect what is unknown, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol and provide an appropriate course of treatment before it becomes a problem.
“This is what constitutes good primary care,” says Dr. Nguyen. “You have a good medical home with a complete understanding of your medical history and accurate health information. You can be more proactive about your health.”
Our Primary Care Practices are located in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean and Old Town and accepting new patients. For more information, visit
Now Open in the Heart of Old Town Alexandria
Step into the new Primary Care Old Town office at the corner of South Washington Street and Franklin Street and you will see that the traditional doctor’s office has been reinvented. Everything about the office enhances patient care, comfort, and convenience. Staffed by an experienced patient care team, the practice provides state-of-the-art medical care, including same-day urgent appointments, extended hours and in-house lab services.
“We are bringing the experience and excellence of Virginia Hospital Center — named a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital for 2016 (the second year in a raw) — to Old Town Alexandria,” says John Charalambopoulos, MD, MSc.
That’s especially important to Dr. Charalambopoulos or Dr. “C” as his patients call him because he is also a resident of the Old Town community. Formerly with the VHC Physician Group – Primary Care Arlington practice since 2009, Dr. C is board-certified in internal medicine and completed his training at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Northern Virginia Magazine has named him a Top Doctor the last three years running.
That’s not surprising because of his approach to medicine. “A physical is not just a quick once over,” says Dr. C, whose clinical interests focus on preventive care and complexities of adult medicine.
“We are looking at recommended screenings based on age and family history, vaccinations, making sure weight, blood pressure and glucose levels are normal. Patients are very interested in their health but have a lot of misinformation courtesy of ‘Dr. Google.’ My role is to help guide them through the healthcare system with education as well as care.”
Above all, Dr. C says, “I try to put myself in the patient’s role. I respect the time my patients take off from work or home to come to the doctor’s office. I want to make their appointment as productive and educational as possible.”
Accepting new patients 18 years and older.
700 S. Washington St. Suite 330 Alexandria, VA 22314
Open Mon – Thurs 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open early Fri 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free garage parking.
Patient Success Story: The Surgeon and the General
Jumping out of airplanes had taken its toll on Major General Chuck Henry, US Army (retired). He had developed a chronic fracture in his foot that never properly healed. After living with considerable pain, he decided to see Rudoph Anderson, Jr., DPM, FAPWCA, largely based on Dr. Anderson’s advanced surgical training. After practicing general podiatry for eight years, Dr. Anderson completed a three-year residency in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and additional training at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore. A board-certified podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Anderson provides treatment for highly complex conditions for both pediatric and adult patients.
For Chuck Henry, Dr. Anderson performed extensive foot reconstruction surgery to reestablish the proper alignment and reduce his pain. At 78, Chuck leads a very active life, traveling extensively for business and exercising.
“When we first met, he said he wanted to be able to get back to playing golf,” Dr. Anderson says. “Three months after surgery, I’m pain-free and back on the links,” says Chuck. “I’m so grateful to Dr. Anderson for his skill in getting me back on my feet.”
For more information, visit www.vhcphysiciangroup.com/podiatry.