News, Announcements and Expert Commentary from Inova


Inova Fairfax Hospital improves service thanks to patient feedback surveys

We care about your your feedback Hospital HCAHPS surveys lead to positive changes in patient care Patients are pleased with the care they receive at Inova Fairfax Hospital (and the other units housed on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus like the Heart and Vascular Institute, Women’s Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital), according to the Hospital…

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Inova installs world’s smallest pacemaker: First in Northern Virginia

Keeping Pace A pacemaker is a small device whose main purpose is to prevent the heart from beating too slowly. Recently, electrophysiologist Aysha Arshad, MD, and a team of experts at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), implanted what is believed to be the world’s smallest pacemaker. Inova is the first to implant such a…

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The Society for Women’s Health Research Elects Roberta L. Gartside, MD, as Incoming Chair of Its Board of Directors

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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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Focus on Inova Fairfax Nurses: Dan Blair, RN, BSN, Pediatrics

A Passion for Kids Dan Blair, RN, BSN Pediatrics Dan Blair’s interest in becoming a pediatric nurse began at 19 when he worked for three summers at a camp in Virginia for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. “Having the experience with those kids at a summer camp and helping to take the everyday stress and social…

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Focus on Inova Fairfax Nurses: Courtney Caton, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN

Education at Work Courtney Caton, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN Emergency Services Courtney Caton, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN, discovered she wanted to be an emergency nurse when she was just 16. As a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) for four years at her local fire department in Stafford County, Caton saw emergency nurses in action and…

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Focus on Inova Fairfax Nurses: Kathy Mullen, RNC, CMSRN, Medsurg Services

Growing Into the Role Kathy Mullen, RNC, CMSRN Medsurg Services Having been a certified medical-surgical (med-surg) registered nurse for 35 years, Kathy Mullen, RNC, CMSRN, says every day provides her with the opportunity to learn something new. “I’m a lifelong learner,” she states. “I work with a variety of different doctors and specialists, and it…

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