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Awards & Recognition

2021

  • One of only 72 hospitals nationwide to receive the Top Teaching Hospital distinction by The Leapfrog Group and marks VHC’s fifth Top Hospital recognition.
  • Selected as one of Newsweek’s Top 200 Best Hospitals in the United States.
  • Achieved re-accreditation by the Commission on Cancer as an approved Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program.
  • Received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score of A for the 19th consecutive grading period— one of only 41 hospitals in the country to achieve this level of consistency.
  • US News and World Report ranked VHC the number two hospital in the Washington, DC area. VHC earned recognition for its performance in several specialties: colon cancer and surgery, lung cancer, heart failure, heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, knee replacement, hip replacement, hip fracture, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Newsweek named Inpatient Rehabilitation as one of America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers.
  • Selected for the Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This distinction places VHC among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience. This year marks VHC’s tenth consecutive year winning the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, which the Hospital has consistently earned every year since 2012.
  • Named one of the Top 100 Hospitals for Consumer Loyalty by NRC Health.
  • Received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® for Stroke Award, and the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll™ Award.
  • Received the following BCBS—Blue Distinction recognition:
    • Blue Distinction Plus – Bariatrics
    • Blue Distinction Plus – Cardiac Care
    • Blue Distinction – Knee/Hip Replacement
    • Blue Distinction Plus – Maternity Care
    • Blue Distinction Plus – Spine Surgery
  • Received the following Aetna Institutes of Quality Recognition:
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Cardiac Care
    • Orthopedic Care (Total Joints)
  • Received the following Cigna Centers of Excellence designation:
    • Bariatric Surgery (gastric bypass and weight loss surgery)
    • Cardiac Catheterization and Angioplasty
    • Colon Surgery
    • Delivery (C-Section and Vaginal Delivery)
    • Heart Surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery and heart valve surgery)
    • Joint Replacement (Hip and Knee replacement)
    • Respiratory/Pulmonary Conditions (COPN and Pneumonia)
  • Received the following Women’s Choice Awards®:
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care and Comprehensive Breast Center
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
    • America’s Best Stroke Centers
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Women’s Services
    • Women’s Choice Award for Mammogram Center
  • VHC received a rating of ‘AA-’ with a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ‘A+’ long-term rating with a stable outlook. The strong ratings reflect VHC’s strong operating risk assessment and stable market position in a favorable but competitive service area.
  • Recognized as a 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program. This recognizes the Hospital’s technology achievements, specifically achieving Most Wired Level 9 Certification. VHC received recognition for its community engagement efforts with the launch of its app in April.

Accreditation & Certification

  • Dr. Rezac and Dr. Pigalarga received Master Surgeon accreditation and the Robotic OR team received accreditation as a Robotic Training Epicenter—an elite network of the nation’s most experienced robotic surgeons.
  • Drs. Rezac, Mordkin, Joel, Salameh, David, Pigalarga, T. Kim, Singh, Chen and Rizvi all received robotic surgical accreditation as part of the VHC Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence.
  • Our robotic team received accreditation, from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), as a Robotic Center for Excellence.
  • Successful reaccreditation by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.
  • Successful re-certification, by Joint Commission, of our Center of Excellence status as a Primary Stroke Center.
  • Bariatric Center of Excellence for United Healthcare.
  • The American College of Radiology (ACR and the Committee for Radiation Oncology Practice has granted VHC’s Radiation Oncology Program with a full three-year accreditation.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized and certified all of VHCPG Primary Care sites for the Patient- Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program with a Level III distinction.
  • The VHCPG Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center again received accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Association (UHMS). UHMS accreditation signifies that the hyperbaric facility has been rigorously evaluated and met the highest standards of patient care and safety.

Notable Achievements

  • Designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Received a transformative gift of $5 million from long-time donor Lola C. Reinsch to promote the Hospital’s campus expansion efforts. The donation is the second-largest contribution from an individual in the Hospital’s 75-year history.
  • Brought Epic, a leading electronic health record (EHR) system, to our partners at the Arlington Free Clinic (AFC).
  • Partnered with Arlington County to operate a vaccination clinic for residents over the age of 75 and held a VHC Pediatrics vaccine clinic. Over 2,600 COVID-19 vaccines were admin- istered through VHC Pediatrics to underserved children and their families in Arlington.
  • VHC Physician Group expanded with new offices in Arlington North, Arlington South and Mt. Vernon, opened additional space in Old Town and National Landing, and added a gastroenterology practice.
  • Held the first annual Light the Night event at VHC to support those affected by cancer and raise funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Announced the dedication of the VHC Pediatrics Care Coordinators Office in recognition of the Vicky Collins Charitable Foundation for their longstanding philanthropic support of VHC Pediatrics, which has totaled $2.4 million since 2005.
  • Celebrated another milestone with the Outpatient Pavilion Topping-out in December.
  • Opened the new Outpatient Pavilion parking garage in September with more than 1,600 spaces.
  • Virginia Hospital Center successfully submitted and received approval for additional medical/ surgical beds and is now licensed as a 437- bed facility making it the tenth largest hospital in Virginia.
  • Received a $3,000 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Arlington to benefit VHC Pediatrics.
  • Celebrated the arrival of the new Steinway B Grand Piano for VHC’s refurbished Lobby, a gift from the Dewberry Family, who established the Sid and Reva Dewberry Cancer Resource Center.
  • The VHC Team donated over 1025 backpacks for VHC Pediatrics families and children.
  • Successful launch of the new VHC App and the VHC OB Journey App.
  • Launched the OB Connect program to provide convenient prenatal care with at-home monitoring.
  • Celebrated our 6-year anniversary as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
  • The James B. Cole Healthcare Education Fund secured nearly $750,000 and over 150 individuals, Hospital employees, and corporate partners have contributed to the fund.
  • The Friends of Nursing Program raised $530,812 and $192,749 was distributed to provide nursing awards and funded scholarships to 30 nurses. The Foundation created the For Our Neighbors Fund to reduce health disparities by supporting four departments that address the social determinants of healthcare for underserved populations—from pediatrics to the elderly. In its first year, the fund raised over $160,000.
  • Achieved Level 9 (out of 10) in the Most Wired assessment, conducted by CHIME, which scores facilities based on how technology is implemented and utilized.
  • Received the Epic Gold Star designation which provides a scorecard of how effectively an organization is using the system, and provides a roadmap for improving clinical outcomes.

Leadership Recognition

  • Michael Silverman, MD, FACEP, chair of emergency medicine, was recently awarded two incredible honors. Dr. Silverman was selected as one of five 2020 Facility Medical Directors of the Year by Alteon Health, the industry-leading national medical group that has managed VHC’s emergency medicine program since 2001. The Leadership Center for Excellence also selected Dr. Silverman as the 2021 recipient for the Dominion Energy Torch Award for Ethical Leadership.>/li>
  • Alicia Abusbeitan, BSN, PCCN, Infection Prevention, named Employee of the Year by National Capital Healthcare Council.
  • Five nursing team members were selected by Washingtonian Magazine to receive Excellence in Nursing Awards and are included in a group of 50 exceptional nurses:
    • Meghan Bozzelli, BSN, RN, CEN, Patient Care Director, Emergency Department
    • Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
    • Loan Nguyen, BSN, RN, Medical Stroke Unit
    • Sally Parris, MSN, RN, COHN, Director of Occupational Health
    • Lorraine Waltz, BSN, RN, OCN, Patient Care Director, Oncology
  • James B Cole, President & CEO, was recognized with a joint resolution of the Virginia General Assembly for his contributions to the health care profession and dedication to the members of the Arlington community.
  • Mike Mistretta, VP & CIO, was a finalist for the Capital CIO of the Year—ORBIE Awards for demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.

2020

  • Virginia Hospital Center was honored as an Arlington Chamber of Commerce 2020 Best Business
  • Named a CMS 5-Star Hospital, in 2020, based on our performance across seven areas of quality.
  • Named a Leapfrog 2019 Top Teaching Hospital for the fourth time in five years, a distinction achieved by an elite group of hospitals that meet the nation’s toughest safety and quality standards.
  • Received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score of A for the 16th consecutive grading period – one of a few hospitals in the country to achieve this level of consistency.
  • 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.
  • Achieved Magnet re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program – the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.  Only about 7% of US hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.
  • 2019 release of US News and World Report hospital rankings, received the highest ranking possible (“High Performing”) in the following areas: Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.
  • Ranked fourth in US News and World Report’s DC Area Hospital Rankings. VHC received their highest ranking possible (“High Performing”) in the following areas: Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.
  • Received the following Women’s Choice Awards®:
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
    • America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety
    • America’s Best Stroke Centers
  • Recognized as a 2019 CHIME Healthcare Most Wired program.

 Accreditation & Certification

      • Received Commission on Cancer (COC) Accreditation and National Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer — 2017-2020
      • Designated as a case observation site for robotic colorectal surgery by Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System.  
      • Accreditation, from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), as a Robotic Center for Excellence.
      • Granted the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) designation administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) — 2018-2021
      • Re-certification by Joint Commission of our Center of Excellence status as a Hip and Knee Replacement Center, Primary Stroke Program, and Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Program.
      • Joint Commission (triennial) re-certification of Virginia Hospital Center.
      • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for both the Inpatient Rehab Hospital Program and the Rehab Stroke Specialty Program — 2013-2021
      • Pediatric Center received certification as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
      • Achieved a Comprehensive Center accreditation granted by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) — 2015-2018
      • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Clinical Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation
      • American College of Radiology Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging (Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast Ultrasound & Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy); CT & Ultrasound
      • The Pathology Department at Virginia Hospital Center earned the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accreditation for Transfusion Services — 2018-2020
      • Aetna Institutes of Quality® recognition for consistently high-value, high-quality care in:
      • Bariatric surgery
      • Cardiac Care (medical intervention, cardiac rhythm and cardiovascular surgery)
      • Orthopedic care – joints and spines
        • Women & Infant Health designated an Aetna Elective Delivery Infant Safety Program
        • Bariatric Center of Excellence for United Healthcare
        • BlueCross BlueShield/CareFirst designated Virginia Hospital Center a:
          • Blue Distinction & Blue Distinction Center+ Hospital
          • Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care
          • Blue Distinction Center+ specialty center for Knee & Hip Replacement
          • Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care
          • Blue Distinction Center  for Bariatric Surgery

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