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Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) was the only Northern Virginia hospital named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.

Virginia Hospital Center was one of fewer than 250 hospitals to receive the prestigious accolade.

“At Virginia Hospital Center we pride ourselves on always providing the highest caliber of patient care,” said Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, SVP, Chief Nursing Officer. “In the face of the new challenges presented this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially appreciative of this recognition for our staff’s efforts to keep our patients and community safe.”

Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities stand out for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

Advisory on COVID-19:
If you are looking for general information or have questions about COVID-19, these websites are updated regularly and provide the most current recommendations on prevention, testing and other situation updates:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus | www.vdh.virgina.gov/coronavirus/ | www.health.arlingtonva.us

The Virginia Department of Health has activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

What is Virginia Hospital Center doing to prepare? READ MORE 

Appointment-Only COVID-19 Sample Collection Site

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) has partnered with the Arlington County Public Health Department, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Environmental Services to open a temporary drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site at 1429 N. Quincy Street.

This site is for sample collection from symptomatic patients (fevers, chills, cough, or shortness of breath) who have received a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. This is not meant for asymptomatic patients, even those who have had a close contact with a known COVID patient.

Requirements for visiting the COVID-19 Sample Collection Site:

  • Patients must be 18 years and older.
  • Patients must have a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703.558.2448.
  • Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site. Once they have received a physician’s order, patients should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703.558.5766 between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
  • Individuals arriving at the drive-through site will be asked to remain in their cars.
The sample collection center will officially open Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am and will remain open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individuals who visit the collection site are encouraged to follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-quarantine while they await their results. Test results will be available to the patient within five to seven business days.




To protect our patients and staff, some in-person visitation has been suspended with limited exemptions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we provide a safe environment for the community.


Visitors must remain with the patient through the duration of the visit.

  • Masks are required for all visitors at all times.
  • Patients are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, particularly during visitation, if it can be tolerated.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 years old will be permitted.

Visiting hours in some inpatient areas are now available from 4:00 to 8:00 pm daily, with up to two visitors per inpatient. Please contact the nursing unit to confirm visitation.

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner and one certified midwife or doula.
  • Pediatric patients may have two parents/guardians.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have two parents/guardians.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays, where a caregiver provides safety, may have one support person.
  • Patients visiting the Emergency Department (ED) may have one support person.
  • Outpatients will be allowed one visitor.
  • Visitors will be allowed on a case-by-case basis during end-of-life situations.


  • No visitors are allowed for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 except in end-of-life situations.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and safety of our patients, team and the community are our top priority.

Outpatient Pavilion
It’s official! Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington County agreed to the Hospital’s acquisition of the Edison property and the transfer of the Carlin Springs property to the County. Thanks to the VHC Board of Directors and the many supporters of the expansion and our plans to better serve our community.

How can I learn more? For up-to-date news on the Outpatient Pavilion, click here.

Virginia Hospital Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again
Recognition for the second time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence.

Virginia Hospital Center is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration.

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