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Patient Success Story


Tiffani Blackwell, stroke survivor, with her husband Jerrell.

Tiffani was only 31, newly engaged and immersed in planning her wedding. So, when she woke up to a migraine headache that just kept getting worse, she went to an emergency room and was treated for dehydration. The next day, her speech started to slur and her whole right side went limp. She was taken to Virginia Hospital Center where doctors determined she had suffered a stroke. The news was startling because of her age, no high blood pressure or other risk factors... Read more

Medical Services

Inpatient Rehabilitation for Stroke

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center (IRC) at Virginia Hospital Center holds the accreditation as a Stroke Center of Excellence from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its best practice and dedication to continued advancement in the quality of care for stroke survivors.

Through multidisciplinary nursing, medical and therapy care, the comprehensive stroke program addresses the individual needs of each stroke patient to help restore physical function and movement, improve speech and swallowing, recover skills needed to perform daily activities and increase cognitive function. Emphasis is placed on providing education and support to patients and their families during the rehab process in order to help address emotional changes and concerns that often arise after experiencing a stroke.

The unit offers a bi-weekly stroke education group during which information is provided on different types of stroke, the causes and risk factors for stroke, identifying symptoms of stroke, nutrition/healthy eating and social/emotional issues that may arise after having a stroke. The unit works closely with community resources such as specialists at Brain Injury Services to connect patients with available programs.

When deemed necessary, community outings and home evaluations are scheduled to help assess the patient’s readiness to re-enter the community and discharge home.

Specialized Equipment

  • LiteGait (Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training system) used to optimize gait performance and increase mobility
  • Bioness® devices and other forms of electrical stimulation for both upper and lower extremities to promote motor recruitment improve mobility/gait function and increase functional use of limbs
  • Assistive communication devices and use of IPad technology to improve communication skills
  • Standing frames

Specialized Treatment

  • Advanced pharmacologic and therapeutic interventions to manage spasticity
  • Splinting to promote optimal joint alignment, manage tone and reduce risk of contractures
  • Fitting for orthotics when appropriate
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) to evaluate and assist with treatment of swallowing disorders
  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Community Outings
  • Home evaluations
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Mirror therapy
  • Stroke education group

Referral & Admissions

Our admissions team will meet with prospective patients, gather necessary medical data and secure medical acceptance from the physiatrists on staff.
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Contact Info
  • Internal Referrals
    Cheryl Mills, Admissions Coordinator: 703.558.6515

    External Referrals
    Amber Berry, Community Liaison: 703.200.5051
    Fax 703.558-5723
  • Address

    1701 N George Mason Dr. Suite 2-E
    Arlington, VA 22205
    Directions

  • Parking C

    There is a daily parking fee payable upon exiting the garage.

    Patient/Visitor parking passes and multi-day passes may be purchased from the Hospital’s Cashier 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (M-F), located in the main lobby of the Hospital (Zone A, 1625 building).

    Senior Associates Program

  • Zone C, 2nd Floor

    After parking, cross the street to the Oncology Entrance on the ground level. Walk to the end of the hallway, turn right and follow the sings to the elevator. Upon exiting the elevator, take the first left into IRC.

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1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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