Dr. Stephen Jones: Prosecuting nurses for honest mistakes won’t make patients safer

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Inova’s president and CEO J. Stephen Jones, MD, MBA, FACS had an op-ed piece published in USA Today following Friday’s sentencing of nurse RaDonda Vaught. (While working as a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2017, Vaught’s accidental administration of the wrong drug to a patient led to the patient’s death. Vaught was later…

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Is Radiation Necessary After Breast Cancer Surgery?

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a cancer that forms in the cells that line the milk ducts, and it accounts for 20% of new breast cancer diagnoses. The most common treatment is breast-conserving surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. While only a small percentage of women experience an invasive cancer event following surgery, radiation…

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Antibody Infusions May Speed Recovery from COVID-19

As reported by Julie Carey for NBC-4 Washington, when Inova ER physician Dr. Chris Sponaugle contracted COVID-19, he also became a patient – at one of Inova’s monoclonal antibody infusion clinics, which opened in mid-December at three Northern Virgnia locations. Sponaugle did not experience negative side effects and was happy to receive the treatment, which…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout at Inova: 35k Doses Given So Far

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Inova has vaccinated 35,000-plus Northern Virginia healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and other eligible populations as of January 14, due in no small part to dedicated teams of specialists working in concert to move vaccine recipients through the process smoothly. Originally aiming to vaccinate somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 per day, the Inova clinic has…

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Inova’s Dr. Aragon-Ching Part of International Team Showing Benefit of Immunotherapy in Bladder Cancer Treatment

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Jeanny B. Aragon-Ching, MD of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute has co-authored a groundbreaking bladder cancer research paper just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The large phase III clinical study showed that the addition of immunotherapy with Avelumab (Bavencio) increased the duration of overall survival by almost 50% in patients when given…

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Ryan Zimmerman’s “Pros for Heroes” Fund Helps Healthcare Workers

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Ryan Zimmerman of the World Series champion Washington Nationals was featured on NBC’s Today Show on Friday, April 17 to discuss his recently founded Pros for Heroes Relief Fund, which supports front-line healthcare workers and their families. The fund has already donated gifts of meals and financial resources to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for team…

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