Steady Rise in Demand of Services Prompts Opening of InovaCares Clinic for Women and Children off Route 50 in Falls Church

**MEDIA ADVISORY**
       (April 21, 2009)

WHAT:
Grand Opening of InovaCares Clinic for Women and Children, along with Inova Care Connection for Children, NVSF – Multicultural Human Services Program, and NOVA ScriptsCentral.

Join Inova Health System as we officially open the new InovaCares Clinic for Women and Children. Spanning two floors, the InovaCares Clinic provides quality healthcare to low-income and uninsured patients. The women’s clinic sees 100 to 150 patients a day and the children’s clinic sees 85 to 100 patients a day. The new space includes procedure rooms, several exam rooms, classrooms for patient education, a laboratory and physician offices. Inova partnered with some Fairfax-area non-profit community programs and donated space for NVSF – Multicultural Human Services Program and NOVA ScriptsCentral.

There will also be a special check presentation at 3:30 p.m. at NOVA ScriptsCentral (NSC), Suite 120. CareFirst BlueCross will present NSC with a $250,000 check to help support its operations. NSC is a non-profit collaborative pharmacy that provides quality pharmaceutical care and access to life-saving medications for low-income and uninsured patients and their children. For every $1 invested in NSC, $34 in services and products are returned to the community.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 28
3 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and tours
4 p.m. Formal program and ribbon cutting
5 p.m. Dessert and tours

WHERE:
InovaCares Clinic for Women and Children
6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 100 (BB&T Bank building)
Falls Church, VA

WHO:
Knox Singleton, President and CEO, Inova Health System
Anne Rieger, RN, AVP, Community Safety Net, Inova Health System
Geoff DeLizzio, Director, InovaCares Clinic for Children
Albert Brito, MD, Medical Director, InovaCares Clinic for Children
Rasha Ebeid, MD, Medical Director, InovaCares Clinic for Women
Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Penny Gross, Fairfax County Supervisor, Mason District
Catherine Hudgins, Fairfax County Supervisor, Hunter Mill District

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare 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.

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