Published on October 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

Virginia Hospital Center Brings New Electronic Health Record System to Arlington Free Clinic

Arlington VA: October 22, 2021 — Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, brought Epic, a leading electronic health record (EHR) system, to our partners at the Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) at no cost. Epic serves as a digital database for patient charts, giving real-time information on medical history, diagnoses, allergies, medications, and lab results.

“Virginia Hospital Center has worked closely with the Arlington Free Clinic throughout the Clinic’s 27 years of operation, ensuring that all of our neighbors have access to the care they need for optimal health and well-being,” said James B. Cole, President & CEO. “It is our pleasure to add our partners at AFC to our Epic community, which will lead to improved health care and better health outcomes for the patients we collectively serve.”

Every year, the Arlington Free Clinic delivers patient-centered healthcare to approximately 1,600 of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Having used the same EHR for ten years, AFC’s system no longer provided the necessary support for delivering care. Through this major shift, VHC prepared and mapped data and conducted training for system users.

“I’d like to extend an enormous thank you to VHC for offering to bring us onto its Epic account at no cost,” said Nancy White, President of AFC. “This transition poses unique obstacles, and VHC’s contributions have been essential in allowing us to overcome those obstacles to successfully convert to Epic without missing a beat in delivering quality care to our patients.”

VHC provided training and technical support to AFC throughout the conversion. The transition to Epic created a more streamlined system between the two partnering centers. AFC worked closely with VHC in developing creative strategies and on training to assist volunteer physicians in using the new system.

About Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years and was recently designated a Newsweek 2020 Best Maternity Care Hospital, selected for the Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and has received 18 consecutive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 437-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

About Arlington Free Clinic

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) is a community-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization providing free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Arlington County. AFC’s mission has remained virtually unchanged since its doors opened in 1994. Every year, the Clinic delivers patient-centered healthcare to approximately 1,600 of our community’s most vulnerable residents. With the help of close to 500 medical/non-medical volunteers and 35 full/part-time staff, AFC provides access to comprehensive services including primary and specialty medical care, mental/behavioral healthcare, women’s health, physical therapy, and referrals to non-medical safety-net services (e.g., food, rental assistance, and transportation) essential to overall health. AFC’s onsite 3-chair dental facility provides essential preventive and restorative oral healthcare services.


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