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Yes, it’s possible to dine out and eat a healthful meal. Here’s how.

By Becky Krystal, Washington Post | January 12, 2017
“It’s one thing to think, ‘I’m going to get something that’s a little healthier,’” but it can be another to actually do it once you start seeing and smelling all the tempting food, said Betsy Crisafulli, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. Read more

Nutrition & Weight Management Medicine

Mixed results. More hospitals get high marks, but the average patient satisfaction score is unchanged

By Robert Powell, Virginia Business | December 30, 2016
The Virginia hospitals getting high satisfaction ratings on both survey questions from 80 percent or more of their patients in 2015 were: Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Haymarket Medical Center in Prince William County, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg. Read more

Hospital Sutisfaction Rates 2015

Four Solutions To Harmful, Unnecessary And Wasteful Surgeries In Healthcare

By Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, Forbes | December 15, 2016

Many physicians are actively leading efforts to rethink practice and responsibly bring down rates, with many successes. Nurse midwives have long advocated to reduce C-sections and demonstrate numerous successes in doing so, and many physicians show inspirational leadership. Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., launched a successful campaign to reduce its rates and meet Leapfrog’s tough standards. This involved teamwork with administration, clinicians and staff working together with enormous determination to see results. The success of this effort was part of the reason the hospital won the competitive Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital award for 2016. Read more

Women & Infant Health Center

Northern Virginia Magazine: What you need to know about premature birth

By Brian Stone, MD, MBA, Chief of Neonatology at Virginia Hospital Center | November, 2016

Birth can be one of the most joyous and exciting moments for parents, but despite advances in maternal care, there are still many babies who are born prematurely.
Annually, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely around the world, and prematurity is the No. 1 cause of death in newborns. Infants born prematurely may face breathing difficulties and vision problems, and they are at risk for cerebral palsy and intellectual delays as they grow older.
November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, which was started by the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. According to a recent March of Dimes report, premature births in Virginia remained constant from 2014 to 2015 at a rate slightly below the national average. However, that rate is still too high. Read more

The Marjorie Sands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Arlington Pediatric Center, $1,000 buys: One year of well-child care for an uninsured infant in Arlington

Catalogue for Philanthropy, Greater Washington

Poor health is both a cause and consequence of poverty, and too often children from low-income families are predisposed to a lifetime of health risks. One child at a time, Arlington Pediatric Center is fighting the trend. APC is the primary provider of comprehensive medical care for children in Arlington County who are uninsured, or whose families are living at or below 200% of the poverty level. While preventative care is the primary focus, patients with special health conditions like severe prematurity, developmental delays, or genetic diseases also find their “medical home” at APC. When challenges arise – illiteracy, language barriers, transportation costs – parents receive tailored support. Partnerships with numerous agencies and public health programs like WIC, Head Start, and Child Protective Services prevent duplication and help meet each child’s medical and non-medical needs. In 2014 alone, APC served 3,440 children (regardless of families’ ability to pay), conducted 14,387 clinical visits, and filled 450 free prescriptions. The gift of good health is invaluable … and something every child should have. Read more

Breast Cancer Awareness - Breast Self-Exams

ABC 7 News / WJLA, October 13, 2016

Interview with Molly L. Sebastian, MD, FACS, Medical Director, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health

Washingtonian’s Excellence in Nursing awards

By Sarah Lindner Washingtonian | May 10, 2016
31 finalists and 11 award recipients were honored for their extraordinary contributions in the field of nursing.

Washingtonian honored thirty-one of the top nurses in the D.C. area at the third biennial Excellence in Nursing awards dinner on May 4 at the Carnegie Library. Of the extraordinary finalists, eleven individuals received the Washingtonian Excellence in Nursing Award for their contributions in the field of nursing. Read more

Congratulations to Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN, winner of Washingtonian Magazine's 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award - Nursing Leadership!

We thank Darlene and Assistant Patient Care Director Michelle Altman, MBA, RN (finalist, 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award - Community Nursing, Hospital) for their expertise and dedication to our patients and the local community.

WBJ 40 Under 40 for 2016

By Vandana Sinha, Washington Business Journal | April 8, 2016

...Meet the Washington Business Journal's class of 40 Under 40 for 2016. Forty young women and men who have scaled the ranks in real estate, health care, hospitality, technology, law and, well, every other industry you can imagine in the Washington area... Read more

Dr. Jeffrey P. DiLisi, Senior vice president and chief medical officer, Virginia Hospital Center, Age: 39
Jeffrey DiLisi uses both his medical degree and MBA in his role overseeing everything from patient safety and quality to medical staff affairs across the 530,000-square-foot, 342-bed Virginia Hospital Center, some of whose staff surrounds him here. Read more

100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know 2016

By Staff, Becker's Hospital review | January 22, 2016
Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2016 edition of its list of 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know.

Michael Mistretta, Vice President and CIO of Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington). Mr. Mistretta joined Virginia Hospital Center in 2015, bringing nearly 30 years of experience to the job of vice president and CIO. Previously, he was with Kaweah Delta Healthcare District in Visalia, Calif. Mr. Mistretta is a CHIME certified healthcare CIO and a certified professional in health information management by HIMSS. Mr. Mistretta attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and also earned an MBA from Ashland University in Ohio. Read more


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