Monday, April 22, 2013
Inova Alexandria Hospital plans to host its largest Mother’s Day event.
Are you an Alexandria baby? Were you, your children or grandchildren born at Inova Alexandria Hospital? If so, Inova Alexandria Hospital invites you to come celebrate at the Alex Baby Reunion—a Mother’s Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The event will be held on the grounds just outside the hospital, rain or shine, and is the hospital’s “thank you” to the many moms who chose Inova Alexandria Hospital to share in one of the most important events in their lives—the birth of their child. This is the first year the hospital has conducted the event, said hospital spokeswoman Allison Kenty. Also, the hospital recently celebrated its 140th anniversary. “I think in light of Mother’s Day and the hospital anniversary, it’s a …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Inova Alexandria Hospital's ER is better than the national average for effective pneumonia, heart attack and surgical care; it will still take you 56 minutes to get pain meds for that broken bone.
If you go to the emergency room at Inova Alexandria Hospital with a broken bone, how long will it take before you get pain medicine? The federal government says 56 minutes on average—that’s faster than the national average of 62 minutes, according to hospital comparison statistics available through Medicare.gov. If you go to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, that same wait could be just 40 minutes. At Inova Mount Vernon, the wait could be 73 minutes, and at Inova Fairfax the wait could be 50 minutes. That’s just one new key measure of ER efficiency that has been posted online from hospitals taking part in this data initiative, according to a report by former Union-Tribune writer Cheryl Clark, now senior quality editor for …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network’s Breastfeeding Promotion Committee thanks Inova Alexandria Hospital for encouraging exclusive breastfeeding in their hospital.
Tuesday, February 12
To the Editor: On behalf of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network’s Breastfeeding Promotion Committee, we would like to publicly thank Inova Alexandria Hospital for encouraging exclusive breastfeeding in their hospital. As engaged citizens and parents, and also representatives of the public health community, we know how important it is for women to breastfeed their newborn infant. Breastfeeding for the first six months after birth, with continued breastfeeding for at least 12 months of life, ensures that both mothers and infants receive maximum health benefits; encourages bonding; and has been shown to prevent childhood obesity and related chronic illnesses. It is vital that from the beginning women receive this type of support …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Center is named in honor of Joe Viar Jr. and Bonnie Christ.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Survivors Offering Support is now affiliated with the Inova hospital system.
A volunteer network of women who have battled breast cancer is looking for mentors to match newly diagnosed women with breast cancer survivors. Mentors with Survivors Offering Support (SOS) provide emotional and informational support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through peer mentoring, partner support workshops and facilitation of “Jumpstart to Survivorship” programs. The program began in Maryland and has is now in Northern Virginia through the five hospitals in the Inova hospital system, said Inova Alexandria Hospital spokeswoman Allison Kenty. “It’s another way for survivors to offer support for people who are going through breast cancer, and people can access this support regardless of whether they’re treated at one of our …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The event will take place Wednesday at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Inova Alexandria Hospital is holding its annual health expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S Patent and Trademark Office in the Carlyle area. The office is located at 600 Dulany St. The event is free and open to the public. The expo will feature health screenings and massage, including blood pressure and body mass index checks and skin cancer screenings. It will also include a health and wellness booth where local residents can talk with hospital staff about cancer awareness and prevention, back pain, cardiac health, heartburn, nutrition, joint health and more. A particular emphasis this year is cancer screenings, said hospital spokeswoman Allison Kenty. “We always say that detection is the best prevention,” she said. This year’…
Friday, July 20, 2012
CEO Christine Candio has been named a top female CEO after five years at INOVA Alexandria.
After five years of service at INOVA Alexandria, Christine Candio has been named a top female CEO by Washington SmartCEO magazine. Candio began her career as a bedside nurse then later switched to management. She has spent the last 29 years in healthcare and switched to management because she said she felt strongly about affecting healthcare in a broader sense. “It’s very important to me that I’m out of my office more than I’m in my office,” Candio said. “I’m out with the staff, the physicians and the patients every day. That’s my model of leadership… It’s very important to be an accessible leader.” She moved to Virginia five years ago from Boston, but she is originally from New York City. As CEO, Candio oversees a variety of aspects of …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
More than 1,600 city residents are currently living with HIV.
Thursday marks World AIDS Day, which has been recognized every year on Dec. 1 since 1988. In commemoration, the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS and Inova Alexandria Hospital are hosting a screening of the documentary “The Other City.” The film begins at 7 p.m. with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Inova Alexandria, located at 4320 Seminary Road. At the reception, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille will will present a proclamation affirming Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in the city. “The Other City,” released in 2010, is about the struggles of combating HIV and AIDS in Washington, D.C., where at least 3 percent of residents are HIV positive. To date, more than 820 Alexandrians have died due to complications of HIV and AIDS. Currently more than…
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Blood donor group says supplies are critically low
Inova Blood Donor Services, which serves both Inova hospitals and nine other facilities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, is making a special plea for volunteer blood donations. Inova Blood Director Terri Craddock said there has been an increase in the need for blood during the last several weeks due to a high number of trauma accidents, surgeries, transfusions, labor and deliveries. “It is a critical time for the community to pull together and support one another in a way only volunteer blood donors can,” Craddock said. Inova is asking residents to take an hour to donate blood for accident victims or 90 minutes to donate platelets for cancer patients or premature babies. Inova Blood Donor Services also is currently conducting a…