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Inova Health System to Expand Post-Acute Care at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Falls Church, VA — Inova Health System is expanding its services with the addition of a Critical Illness Recovery Hospital (CIRH) at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH). A CIRH, also known as a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH), is a new Inova service for patients who require an extended stay with specialized clinical attention and support, but no longer need the intensive care provided in an acute care hospital.

The CIRH will care for patients with complex medical conditions such as heart failure, wound or burn care, severe brain injuries, respiratory therapy or ventilator weaning. The new program will be staffed by a highly trained physician-led specialty care team.

“The absence of this type of care in our region has previously required patients to be transferred to facilities in Charlottesville, Richmond, or DC — far away from their families,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO, Inova. “With the addition of the CIRH at IMVH, all five Inova hospitals will be able to confidently transition patients to an Inova facility closer to home for this expert care.”

The Inova Mount Vernon CIRH is an important part of Inova’s ongoing efforts to fully build out its healthcare delivery system and will expand Inova’s system of services in the growing Eastern Region of Northern Virginia, which includes the City of Alexandria and surrounding communities, Mount Vernon, Lorton, Franconia, and Springfield. The CIRH will be built within the current footprint of IMVH and is expected to be fully operational in late 2022.

“At Inova, we are always working to expand care for our patients and communities,” said Roberta Tinch, MHA, FACHE, President of IMVH and Administrator of Inova’s musculoskeletal service line. “The CIRH will allow patients to continue in Inova’s seamless continuum of care and will allow for easier communication among patients and the care team, as well as the development of specialized programs and services to better treat patients.”

IMVH has long served as Mount Vernon’s community hospital, offering emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and behavioral health services. IMVH also provides world-class post-acute care services, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, and wound care. The development of the CIRH continues the expansion of IMVH’s services. Inova recently announced its formal request to the Commonwealth to add 20 behavioral health beds to address a critical community need for additional inpatient care. The development of robotic surgery, which allows doctors to perform many types of less invasive procedures with more precision and a quicker recovery time for patients, is also underway.

To learn more about Inova’s plans for the Eastern Region, visit inova.org/EasternRegion.

Media Contact: Tracy Connell, tracy.connell@inova.org

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About Inova

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 20,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.  

Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.

Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org

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