Clinic to Serve Children of Low-Income Families; Opening Prompted By Need for Additional Community Health Services in Reston Area

Falls Church, VA  – (June 18, 2009) — Inova Health System will open a new satellite location of the InovaCares Clinic for Children to serve children of low-income families. Located in a newly renovated, 5,000 square-foot area next to the Inova Emergency Care Center-Reston, the clinic will open its doors for patients on June 22.

WHAT:
Grand Opening Celebration of InovaCares Clinic for Children

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 24
2 to 4 p.m. (Program and ribbon cutting start at 2:45 p.m.)

WHERE:
InovaCares Clinic for Children
11901 Baron Cameron Avenue
Reston, VA

WHO:
Knox Singleton, CEO, Inova Health System
Senator Janet Howell, D – 32nd District
Delegate Ken Plum, D – 36th District
Delegate Tom Rust, R – 86th District
Verdia Haywood, Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County
Mindy Rubin, Manager, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente

InovaCares Clinic for Children has been serving Fairfax County from its main location in Falls Church since 1993. The clinic had more than 20,000 visits in 2008 and the number of new patients is increasing every year.

“In 2008 we saw more than 1,800 new patients,” said Geoff Delizzio, Director, InovaCares Clinic for Children, Inova Health System. “After seeing many families travel to the Falls Church clinic from the Reston and Sterling areas, Inova recognized the need for more resources in this part of the county. The location of this new clinic will give families better access to healthcare closer to home.”

The newly renovated space was designed to be child-friendly and includes 6 exam rooms. Inova is expecting 4,100 visits in the first year. The clinic provides two main types of patient care: well-child care, which includes recommended infant check-ups, physicals and annual examinations; and sick visits, which includes treating ill and chronically ill children.

The clinics are part of Inova’s “safety net” services, which Inova provides to low-income and uninsured patients as part of its commitment to community health.

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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