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Inova's online newsroom, reporting on health care in Northern Virginia and Washington DC
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    Fairfax, Virginia,  April 12, 2017 – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital was one of 823 hospitals to…

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    Denise T. Mohess, MD, is a member of Inova Medical Group and is medical director for Inova’s Advanced Illness and Geriatric Program. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. Read Dr. Mohess’s profile. If you’re like most people, you have opinions about how you’d like to be cared…

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    Ruth Betru is Inova’s assistant vice president of Direct-to-Consumer Healthcare. Z Chris, MD, is a primary care physician board certified in internal medicine. He is the medical director for virtual health at Inova. Read Dr. Chris’s profile. Make an appointment. Take time out of your workday. Battle the D.C. Metro traffic. Find parking – all…

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    Safe Travels Travel immunizations available at Inova Urgent Care clinics in Northern Virginia It’s vacation season. If you’re planning to travel outside the country, there are certain things you know you need, such as a passport and a suitcase. But did you know you might also need immunizations? Depending on where you’re traveling to and…

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    Stroke can strike at any time Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke cuts off oxygen to the brain, which causes brain cells to die. “FAST”: the most common warning signs of stroke The signs of stroke can be varied, but the…

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    Easing Anxiety for our younger patients To help children and families achieve a sense of calm and well-being during hospital visits, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital now offers Child Life Services. Child Life specialists are available in the Emergency Center and throughout the hospital to ease the anxiety and stress patients and their families may experience.…

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    Back In The Swing When Mickey Filipponi slipped on a tile floor and fell during a vacation last year, the pain was excruciating – but in some ways, the frustration was even worse. At age 68, he’d experienced back and neck issues for nearly 30 years, partially as a result of a severe car accident.…

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    A Good Sport An avid hunter and fisherman, Scott Wills looks forward every year to the warmer months when he can venture out into the wilderness to hunt and fish. But last year, the 57-year-old restaurant manager wasn’t sure he would be able to pursue his outdoor passion for the first time in years. “I’d…

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    FALLS CHURCH, VA– Inova announced Somatus as its new acute dialysis provider, effective today. As a new dialysis service provider organization, Somatus’ approach to patient care aligns with Inova’s commitment to population health and the belief in early intervention and education leading to reduced chronic illness. “At Inova, we strive to provide comprehensive services across…

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    Fairfax, VA – August 8, 2017 – Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2017-18 in the Washington, DC Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed…

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    Falls Church, VA,– Inova this week named Maureen Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, as its new Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) and Executive Vice President. In this role, Sintich will lead Inova’s Nursing Professional Practice team and six Chief Nursing Officers representing Inova’s five hospitals and nursing informatics. Maureen most recently served as Senior Vice President…

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  • 10/09/17--04:00: Nutrition and Menopause
  • Sara Negron, RD, is a registered dietitian at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Read about Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Menopause is marked primarily by hormonal changes: decreased estrogen and progesterone production. These hormonal changes can lead to fatigue, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, appetite changes and decreased metabolism. Women also tend to become less active when entering this…

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    Convenience Counts: IORT for Breast Cancer For women with early stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment. For some women, however, undergoing radiation five days a week for up to six weeks is fatiguing and difficult to negotiate with work and family obligations. Now, physicians…

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    Good Timing A new nursing shift model began in August at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, and based on its success, it is now expanding to other units in the hospital. The new model involves four-, six- and eight-hour day shifts, as opposed to one traditional 12-hour shift. After analyzing the workload of registered nurses (RNs)…

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    In it to win it A local Navy veteran and I.T. specialist turns to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for the medical intervention, education and support he needs to transform his weight loss battle Two summers ago, when John George’s weight reached 470 pounds, the 6’4″ information technology specialist knew he had to do something about…

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    Feet First Limb salvage approach at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital can prevent amputation For podiatry patients affected by major blood vessel or nerve damage, amputation has long been the main option for treatment. While some patients’ cases might be the result of a traumatic injury — for example, a significant fracture or laceration — a…

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    Washington, DC —The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) announced the unanimous election of Roberta L. Gartside, MD, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors for 2018-2019. As a business leader with a strong commitment to nonprofit service, Dr. Gartside will lead the organization’s mission-based efforts to eliminate imbalances in care for women…

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    When CMS updated the methodology used in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program in December after a five-month delay, the number of hospitals that received the highest possible overall rating increased from 83 in December 2016 to 337. CMS’ Hospital Compare website reports on quality measures for more than 4,000 hospitals from around the country.…

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    The Washington region can finally boast its first five-star-rated hospitals — or, to be exact, its first three — in Inova Fairfax, Inova Mount Vernon and Inova Fair Oaks hospitals, according to the federal Hospital Compare website. Read more.

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    A Life Gained Patient finds that weight loss surgery yields many benefits When Meg Appel and her husband started seeing fertility specialists a few years ago, none of the tests indicated why they were having trouble conceiving. But one doctor brought up a potential issue that wouldn’t show up in screenings: Meg’s weight. To increase…