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Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington VA, 1943
We appreciate the Arlington resident who shared this original postcard illustrating how Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington Hospital looked in 1943.

Virginia Hospital Center began as the community service project of five women's clubs at a joint meeting in 1933. Following that initial gathering, the women collected $5 donations from 20 local organizations, and in 1934 the Arlington Hospital Association was created. And in the years that followed, Arlington Hospital grew from a small project into a fully operational 100-bed facility that was completed in 1944.

Since that time, the Hospital has gone through many changes and is continuing to grow. What was once known as Arlington Hospital is now Virginia Hospital Center. A facility that at one time only held 100 beds, now has 342. A place that at times could be difficult to navigate through is now a 530,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility designed with patient and visitor comfort as a primary concern. It features a nine-story hospital building, 1,100 parking spaces, and among many other new features, an Emergency Department that is 60% larger.

In March 2004 the Hospital celebrated its 60th anniversary and in November 2004 the new $150 million Virginia Hospital Center officially opened its doors to patients. For more than 70 years Virginia Hospital Center has been there for the people of Northern Virginia. Now, please join us as we make the next 70 as memorable as the first.



Leapfrog Top Hospital– Again

Fr the second year in a row, Virginia Hospital Center has received the prestigious Top Hospital Award from The Leapfrog Group.

“Earning Leapfrog recognition for two consecutive years means that Virginia Hospital Center is the clear choice for patients seeking high quality, safe care,” says James B. Cole, President & CEO. “It means our mission to ‘put patients first’ is more than just words. It is a commitment we make, and the actions we take every day. It means our Hospital ranks among the best of the best nationwide.”

In fact, Virginia Hospital Center is one of just 115 hospitals nationwide to receive this elite award, and the only hospital to be named a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in qualifying for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

Additionally, Top Hospitals must earn a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A, and rate as very efficient in a number of metrics. Virginia Hospital Center has received an A from The Leapfrog Group eight times in a row since 2012.

“Receiving the Top Hospital Award validates our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients in the safest environment possible,”says Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide,” says Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Providing this level of care to patients requires hard work and dedication from every team member. With this honor, Virginia Hospital Center has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care.”

For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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