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by Fatimah Waseem November 13, 2017 at 10:00 am 9 Comments

A man in serious condition at Reston Hospital was identified this morning after Fairfax County Police issued an announcement asking for the public’s help to identify the patient Saturday afternoon.

Family members have been contacted, according to a statement by the police department.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue found the unconscious man on Saturday at 12:42 p.m. on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. He had no identification. He was taken to Reston Hospital Center.

Police issued the following description on Saturday:

The man, a white man in his 30s, weighing around 180 to 200 pounds, was wearing a gray sweatshirt, black running pants, a black skull cap, and white and blue Asics running shoes. He had an iPod and a smartwatch with him.

 

by Fatimah Waseem November 8, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

The Virginia Department of Health has designated Reston Hospital Center (1850 Town Center Parkway) as a Level II Trauma Center, a move that makes the 187-bed facility one of 19 trauma centers in the state.

The center is the first to receive the designation in Northern Virginia in over a decade, allowing emergency responders to transfer patients for immediate trauma care when treatment is most effective.

In a release by RHC, Dr. Ranjit Pallurkat, medical director of the center’s trauma services, said the designation is a critical step to enhance the level of care the center provides.

“Expanding our services into a trauma program enables us to deliver a higher level of care to injured patients, close to their homes and families,” Pallurkat said.

In a release, John Deardorff, President and CEO of RHC said the designation is a “natural progression” for the center.

“With the rapid growth in Northern Virginia, it’s our job to ensure that Reston can provide the higher levels of necessary care in a more accessible manner for our EMS partners and our patients. Every minute counts, and our ability to provide this level of care – without transfer and close to home –  would not be possible without the partnership between our skilled medical staff and hospital employees.”

According to the Virginia Department of Health, a hospital’s designation is determined by several criteria. Level II centers have an organized trauma response and must provide definitive care regardless of the severity of the injury. On call staff are expected to promptly treat the patient. In some cases, centers must transfer complex cases to Level 1 centers. Treatment facilities with a Level I designation must provide the most comprehensive care.

The center’s surgical trauma team specializes in the following surgeries: trauma, vascular, thoracic, neurological, orthopedic, hand, plastic, maxillofacial, oral and more. The center is part of the HCA Virginia Health System, which operates 14 hospitals and more than 30 outpatient centers in the state.

Other Level II Trauma Centers in Virginia include Centra Lynchburg General Hospital, Chippenham Medical Center and Winchester Medical Center.

by Dave Emke August 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm 8 Comments

The second phase of Reston Hospital Center’s master plan for expansion will begin next month, the Washington Business Journal reports.

According to Reston Hospital Center, the work will include:

  • A new parking garage from of the West Wing Entrance (two levels underground and two above) to allow for more convenient parking for patients and visitors
  • A new patient tower and state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, located above the Emergency Room
  • Expansion of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
  • Expansion and renovation of Women and Children’s Services, including the Level III NICU
  • A second catheterization lab
  • refurbishment to the lobbies, cafeteria and other patient-support areas located on the main level of the hospital, along with the addition of a new visitor corridor

The work is budgeted to cost about $72 million, the WBJ reports. These plans were announced in early 2016.

Between 2012 and 2015, the Hospital Center invested more than $40 million in the first phase of the expansion. That included a 180,000-square foot LEED-certified medical office building, expansion of the pre-op department and surgical recovery, the addition of a Pediatric Emergency Room, and more.

Reston Hospital Center says phase two of the expansion is expected to take about two years to complete.

by Kalina Newman June 28, 2017 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Torres Linked to Previous Attack, Gang — A week before Darwin Martinez Torres was arrested and charged with murdering Nabra Hassanen, a woman reported he had punched, choked and sexually assaulted her. She also claims he is a member of the MS-13 street gang. [Washington Post] (Editor’s Note: The Fairfax County Police Department later said there is “no credible information” to support gang ties.)

Brew House To Host Beer Rally Tonight — Teams of three will run three laps around Lake Anne. Each lap is a mile and a half, and contestants can either run one lap each or all three laps together. There will be prizes raffled and a chance for free drinks. [Lake Anne Brew House/Facebook]

Reston Hospital Center Gives Out Scholarships  Last week, the medical staff of Reston Hospital Center awarded $15,000 worth of scholarships to 15 Fairfax and Loudoun County high school seniors. Hasmah Hussain, from  South Lakes High School, was one of the recipients. [Reston Hospital Center]

Modified Bus Schedule for July 4  Fairfax Connector buses will run on a Saturday schedule on July 4. [Fairfax County Goverment]

E. Ethelbert Miller at Greater Reston Arts Center  Writer and literary activist will come to the Greater Reston Arts Center at 6 p.m. Thursday. Miller has been the editor of poetry magazine Poet Lore for 10 years, and he is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs.  [Greater Reston Arts Center]

by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

VDOT Traffic Cam - Wiehle Ave./Reston Station

Accident Reported on Dulles Access Road — An accident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Access Road, in the area of Hunter Mill Road.

Reston Hospital Center Using New Breast Cancer Technology — A new device is being used by surgeons at the hospital to precisely localize small tumors and direct their removal during surgery. RHC is the first medical center in the area to use the SAVI SCOUT radar localization technology. [Reston Hospital Center]

Dozens of Guns Stolen from Chantilly Store — Three suspects were caught on video surveillance stealing 35 guns from 50 West Armory on Metrotech Drive on Saturday. Fairfax County Police are trying to track them down and is asking for any help the community can provide. [Fairfax County Police Department]

SLHS Alum to Play in NCAA Basketball Tournament — Princess Aghayere, a 2015 South Lakes High School graduate, will play with the University of Pennsylvania Quakers women’s basketball team in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. The Quakers’ first-round game against Texas A&M will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Saturday. [NCAA]

VDOT traffic cam image from Wiehle Avenue at Reston Station

by RestonNow.com March 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm 12 Comments

Reston HospitalReston Hospital Center recently became the first hospital in the region to perform a total knee replacement surgery with the help of robotic arm-assisted technology.

According to a press release, orthopedic surgeon Bradley Boyd performed the procedure using the hospital’s new Mako Technology.

“The advantages of the Mako Technology allow me to combine a preoperative 3D model CT scan with intra‐operative robotic templating,” Boyd said in the release. “This enables an extremely accurate alignment of the knee components and leg length, fitting each patient’s unique anatomy.”

The hospital acquired the technology in 2015 for total hip and partial knee replacements, but it has now been expanded to total knee replacement surgeries.

“The addition of the Mako Total Knee Application to our current system is a direct reflection of our commitment to providing the best outcomes for our patients,” said John Deardorff, president and CEO of Reston Hospital Center, in the release. “It is our goal to remain at the forefront of technological advances in surgery so that we can continue to give our patients and medical staff access to the latest in surgical care.”

For more information about Reston Hospital Center, visit its website.

by RestonNow.com February 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Reston Hospital

Wednesday, members of the spine team at Reston Hospital Center performed the first procedure using the Mazor X system. Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Tom Schuler and Dr. Colin Haines of the Virginia Spine Institute completed the first successful case in the Mid‐Atlantic.

The Mazor X system combines unprecedented pre‐operative planning tools and analytics with intra‐operative guidance, giving Reston Hospital Center patients the most advanced spinal surgery options available.

Reston Hospital Center is the first in the region to add the Mazor X surgical assurance platform to its award‐winning regional spinal surgery program.

Mazor X/Reston Hospital Center“We chose the Mazor X system to provide our surgeons with the highest level of pre‐operative assessment and intra‐ operative precision,” said Dr. Raymond Makhoul, Chief Medical Officer at Reston Hospital Center. “As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive techniques, and this is where Mazor X can deliver its greatest value.”

Minimally invasive procedures can mean less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and shorter recovery time for patients. Smaller incisions usually pose a challenge to surgeons due to the limited view of the anatomy.

The Mazor X system helps to overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan and analytics that gives the surgeon unprecedented information before the surgery even starts. This results in the surgeon being able to operate with greater precision, efficiency and confidence.

“Our research is showing that robotic surgery can decrease radiation to patients in the operating room as well as improve accuracy of surgery while decreasing patient complications,” Good said. “The new Mazor X system represents the future of robotic spine surgery. Inevitably, it will lead to many future breakthroughs — combining robotic surgery with intra‐operative spinal navigation and increasing the number and types of surgeries we can do robotically.”

Doctors Good, Haines and Schuler are joined by doctors Michael Hasz, Donald Hope, Sean Jebraili, Jae Lim, Thomas Mazahery, Ben Nguyen, Brian Subach, Druv Pateder and Joseph Watson on the spine team at Reston Hospital Center.

“As a leader in spine surgery, acquiring the Mazor X was a logical step for us to take,” said John Deardorff, CEO of Reston Hospital Center. “Our Institute for Robotic Surgery is the most comprehensive in the Mid‐Atlantic region. Remaining at the forefront of surgical advancements is key to consistently providing our patients with the highest quality care. Our analysis of surgical guidance systems showed that the Mazor X system would further enable our surgeons to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.”

by RestonNow.com October 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Reston HospitalHCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center has achieved designation as a Level II Trauma Center by the Virginia Department of Health’s State Health Commissioner, hospital officials announced.

Reston Hospital Center is the first Level II Trauma Center serving Northern Virginia to open in over a decade. It is one of 17 trauma centers in the state.

Reston Hospital Center’s Level II designation will provide additional access to lifesaving trauma care and allows emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to a trauma center within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective, says a release from HCA.

“This designation is a direct result of Reston Hospital’s focus on continuously enhancing the level of care that we are able to provide to our community,” Dr. Ranjit Pullarkat, Medical Director of Reston Hospital Center’s Trauma Services, said in a statement. “Every resident in Northern Virginia needs and deserves local access to quality trauma care, particularly when minutes may make the difference between life and death.

Mindy Carter, Director of Trauma Services, says the new designation will allow the facility will be able to initiate definitive trauma care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons.

“As the population of Northern Virginia grows exponentially, and in uncertain times, it is vital that more hospitals are prepared for individual and large-scale disasters,” she said.

In addition to having trauma surgeons on-site, around the clock, trauma experts specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, plastic and facial trauma, thoracic, gynecological/obstetrical, cardiac, and other surgical specialties are on call and immediately available 24/7, hospital reps said.

by Karen Goff October 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Reston Hospita Fall  Festival

Reston Hospital Center is turning 30. The whole community is invited to celebrate at Reston Rocks 30 Family Fall Festival on Oct. 29.

Here is what you need to know:

The party is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reston Hospital Center, 1850 Town Center Parkway.

There will be a Biggest Birthday Bash Cake Cutting at noon.

Bring the kids. They can:

  • Hang out with Doc McStuffins and McGruff the Crime Dog.
  • Participate in a dance party.
  • Check out police cars, a police helicopter and firetrucks.
  • Bring their stuffed friends to the Teddy Bear Clinic.
  • Get a jump on Trick or Treating (Halloween costumes encouraged).

There will also be fingerprinting, car seat checks, games and prizes, plus food for purchase from local food trucks.

by Karen Goff July 6, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Reston HospitalReston Hospital Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing procedures that could help save lives following a heart attack.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through hospital treatment. (more…)

by Karen Goff June 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm 3 Comments

Nineteen area high school seniors were recently awarded scholarships by the medical staff of Reston Hospital Center.

The students, from Fairfax and Loudoun County high schools, were chosen for academic excellence and excitement for pursuing a career in healthcare, an Reston Hospital Center spokeswoman said.

“These students are well deserving of the medical staff scholarships as they begin their journeys of exploring careers in the healthcare field,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center. “We hope that one day they return to their roots as members of our local medical community.”

Reston Hospital Center offers $15,000 in scholarships annually. Over the past 16 years, Reston Hospital Center’s Medical Staff has awarded more than $250,000 in academic scholarships to students in Northern Virginia.

Scholarship winners for 2016:

  • Alexa Binckes- Briar Woods High School
  • Shanze Eshai and Izaballa Valdez – Broad Run High School
  • Rebecca Yoo – Centreville High School
  • Elise Mazzone and Sneha Suresh – Chantilly High School
  • Sabrina Tolbert and Antonia Osei – Herndon High School
  • Joyce Cheng – James Madison High School
  • Julia Knepper and Nadia Malik – Langley High School
  • Gilian Wright and Gulenay Saydahmat – McLean High School
  • Sosan Noori – Oakton High School
  • Nardin Ageeb – Potomac Falls High School
  • Jenessa Lopez and Tara Vaughns – South Lakes High School
  • Iqra Tariq – Westfield High School

Photo: Reston Hospital Center 2016 Scholarship Winners /Courtesy Reston Hospital Center

by Karen Goff March 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

Reston HospitalReston Hospital Center is planning another major facility expansion for the medical center, which turns 30 years old this year.

HCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center recently completed a large addition and helicopter landing pad at its medical office building.

The Emergency Department also went through a major renovation, including the addition of five beds to Reston Hospital’s pediatric ER; as well as adding four additional operating rooms; 15 preoperative rooms; and 19 recovery rooms to the surgical services department.

The hospital’s latest plans include a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, additional patient rooms, as well as an expansion and renovation of its Women’s and Children Services, including its Level III NICU, the hospital announced late last week.

“We’ve seen our community grow exponentially over the years,” John Deardorff, president and CEO of Reston Hospital Center, said in a statement. “This region’s commercial and residential development will be further accelerated with the expansion of public transit infrastructure. This expansion will ensure our ability to meet the ongoing demand for healthcare services within the community we so proudly serve.”

In addition to expanding patient care areas, the hospital’s plans include refurbishments to the lobbies, cafeteria, and other patient support areas located on the main level of the hospital.

The addition of a new visitor corridor and a second parking garage are also included in the plans. Work is expected to begin in late 2016.

by Karen Goff February 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm 10 Comments

Reston Hospital Center with gun damage/Courtesy FCPDFairfax County Police have arrested a man who shot his way into Reston Hospital Center early Wednesday.

William Brock, 52, of Potomac Falls, was arrested at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Wednesday. He has been charged with destruction of property and shooting into an occupied building, both of which are felonies in Virginia, police said.

Brock remains hospitalized, on no bond and under guard, pending his medical release, at which time he will be transferred to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, police said. The firearm was recovered and is being held as evidence.

Brock arrived at Reston Hospital about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When he tried to enter the Pavilion portion of the hospital and found the doors locked, as they are at night, he shot out a glass door panel to enter the building.

Brock then entered the hospital and encountered staff, who tried to help with the gunshot wound. As they approached, he  displayed the weapon again and allegedly fired a shot inside the building, police said.

The bullet did not strike anyone and there were no injuries.

Hospital security convinced Brock to put down the weapon, and he complied. He was treated and then taken to Fairfax.

Photo of damaged door at Reston Hospital Center/Credit: FCPD

by Karen Goff February 10, 2016 at 8:00 am 8 Comments

Reston Hospital

A man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound fired a gun to break through a glass door to Reston Hospital Center’s Pavilion entrance early Wednesday, Fairfax County Police said. Once inside, he fired another shot in the direction of hospital staff.

Fairfax County Police responded to the call about 1:30 a.m. after a 53-year-old Loudoun County man with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body couldn’t get into the hospital and fired a shot to get in, police said.

Police spokesman Don Gotthardt said the man attempted to gain entry to the hospital, but found the doors locked.

“He gets out of his car in front of the hospital and attempts to gain entry to the hospital,” Gotthardt told WTOP. “He found the doors locked, so he apparently fires a bullet, a round at the glass doors, breaks the doors, gains entry into the hospital.”

“Once inside, he encounters hospital personnel, who immediately realize he’s in need of medical attention. When they go to render aid, he displays a handgun again and fires another bullet inside the hospital. Fortunately, that did not hit anyone.”

Hospital security then convinced the man to give up his handgun.

Police said the man was then stabilized and taken to another hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The man had tried to get into the Pavilion entrance to the hospital, not the emergency room entrance. Emergency room doors are accessible at all hours.

The police investigation is continuing, and the man has not been charged, police said. There is no threat to public safety.

by Karen Goff January 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm 0

Lawyers Road after Jan. 23 storm/Credit: Laura NollHave you been able to dig your car out? Is your street passable? Do you have four-wheel drive?

If so, Reston Hospital Center could use your help during the next few days in order to get personnel to work at the hospital.

Many staffers will be unable to get to work, where they are critically needed, until there is more plowing progress in the area.

From RHC’s Facebook page:

Reston Hospital Center is still in need of volunteer drivers to help transport critical staff and personnel to the hospital. If you or anyone you know is able to help, please contact us in a private Facebook message.

The team at Reston is beyond grateful for the amazing community members who’ve reached out to help already.

To qualify, you must be a licensed driver with a registered four-wheel-drive vehicle and be 21 years of age or older.

Photo: Lawyers Road after Jan. 22-23 storm/Credit: Laura Noll

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