30 Treatment Bays and 5 Fast Track Areas to be included

FALLS CHURCH, VA – (December 18, 2012) – The Inova Governance Board has approved a state-of-the-art addition to the Emergency Department (ED) at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. The new facility will be approximately 21,000 square feet with 30 treatment bays (of which 2 are resuscitation rooms and 4 are negative air rooms), 5 fast track bays, CT and Digital X-Ray and modern HVAC system. The proposed addition would create a new ED entrance which will separate emergency patient flow from other patient and visitor traffic.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Mount Vernon community, because it represents the creation of an emergency department that fully meets the needs of this growing  community – not only today, but also into the future,” observed Knox Singleton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Inova. “Our hospital staff and physicians are delighted with the Board’s approval of this addition.”

“Our goal is always to provide our community with the best possible quality care and this is another step toward that goal,” said Barbara Doyle, CEO Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and Senior Vice President, Inova.

Constructing an addition, like the planned ED,  provides several advantages over renovating the existing ED, particularly around continuity of clinical services and minimization of patient inconvenience during construction. After certain components of the existing ED are moved into the newly constructed space, the project will free up 10,000 square feet of space for development of other clinical programs and services.

Construction for the Emergency Department addition is set for 2014. For more information, please call Rita Wakefield at 703-664-7109

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.

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