February 16th, 2007
Falls Church, VA— Inova Fairfax Hospital is pleased to announce that Patrick Christiansen, PhD, has accepted the position of administrator of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. As administrator, Christiansen will provide overall strategic and operational leadership for the Institute. He began his duties February 5.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Patrick’s experience in managing cardiovascular services join us,” said Doug Cropper, executive vice president, Inova Health System; administrator, Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus. “His leadership skills will keep the Institute at the cutting edge of emerging medical technologies and allow us to continually improve the way we help our patients.”
Since 2001, Christiansen has served as Vice-President, Operations at St. John’s Mercy Health Care, a 1,166-bed multi-campus health system in Creve Coeur, Missouri. In that role, he was involved in the strategic and operational turnaround of the organization, and was instrumental in planning and developing a 100-bed heart hospital which opened in June of 2006.
Prior to his role at St. John’s, Christiansen was a Vice-President at St. Edwards Mercy Health Network in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he was one of the senior leaders involved with the planning, design and construction of three new centers of excellence: heart, women’s and ambulatory care. He has also held key leadership positions as Director, Psychology and Counseling, and Section Manager, Child Clinical Psychology.
Christiansen holds a Doctorate in philosophy and a Masters degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas. In addition, he earned a Bachelors degree in psychology from Arkansas Tech University.
February 14th, 2007
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Chooses Hospital for Local Support; Hospital’s Doctor to Become “Shavee”
Falls Church, VA— Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children will accept a $25,000 grant for childhood cancer research from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a group that raises money solely for childhood cancer research in an unusual way – by shaving people’s heads. At a check presentation ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 14, Nick Park, MD, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, will become the latest St. Baldrick’s “shavee.”
“The people of Virginia have shown a deep commitment to our Foundation and childhood cancer research,” said Kathleen Ruddy, Executive Director, St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “We’re proud to honor them and the outstanding work and dedication of the hospital’s staff with this grant.”
What: $25,000 Check Presentation
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, 9 a.m.
Where: Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Physicians Conference Center, Conference Room C
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA
“We’re incredibly excited about receiving this grant from St. Baldrick’s,” said David Ascher, MD, chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. “This grant gives our hospital the opportunity to conduct research that we hope will have a positive impact on the lives of our young patients and their families.”
Inova’s pediatric oncologists manage the full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is known for its unique approach to fundraising. Every year,
men and women make a commitment to shave their heads in return for donations of financial support from friends and family. Since 2000, more than 26,000 shavees have shaved their heads at 828 St. Baldrick’s events, raising more than $20 million.
February 12th, 2007
Center Will Incorporate Artwork and Other Comforts for Improved Ambiance
Alexandria, VA – In an effort to provide a more healing, peaceful environment for patients receiving outpatient infusion services, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital has transformed its infusion center into an area that is more pleasing to the senses. Renovations to the center, where patients go for chemotherapy and other intravenous services, include new flooring, brighter wall colors, improved lighting, inspirational artwork, and individual television and entertainment units for use during treatment. New beds and therapeutic recliners also have been installed to help make a patient’s time there more comfortable.
“Visual arts and better lighting can be used as a way of transforming the typical medical environment into one of vibrant colors and inspiration,” says Divyang Trivedi, MD, hematologist and oncologist, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. “These types of renovations are known to not only make patients feel more at ease, but they are also known to bolster the healing process.”
Inova Health System Ranked in Top Ten of Most Integrated Health Systems by Healthcare Data Firm Verispan
February 9th, 2007
Report Evaluates More Than 500 Health Systems for Operations, Clinical Quality and Efficiency
Falls Church, VA – Inova Health System has been ranked in the top 10 of the nation’s 100 most integrated health systems. This year’s honor marks the ninth consecutive year that Inova Health System has been recognized in the annual report issued by Verispan, the nation’s premier ratings system for quality in integrated healthcare networks (IHN). The report appears in the February 5 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“We’re proud to be recognized for the strides we’ve made to become a national leader in both high tech and high touch care,” says Mark Stauder, chief operating officer, Inova Health System. “Having a nationally recognized integrated system benefits everyone we serve by providing a continuum of care and eliminating inefficiencies and redundancies. The survey ranking is also a testament to the excellent care provided by our outstanding physicians and staff.”
The survey studied 570 non-specialty, local and regional health care networks in the United States that meet critical success factors. Each system is rated based on its ability to operate as a unified organization in each of eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians.
For more information on the report visit www.verispan.com.
Inova Health System is a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency and urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.