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Chairman's Message

David P. Ascher, MD, MBAA message from David P. Ascher, MD, MBA
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

Inova Children's Hospital has 170 beds and is devoted to the healthcare of infants, children and adolescents in the Northern Virginia area. We are located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, home to Inova’s flagship hospital, 833–bed Inova Fairfax Hospital, in Falls Church, VA. We share state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated team approach, linking patient care, teaching and research. As Northern Virginia’s only pediatric tertiary care center, we provide only the highest level of care for our young patients.

It is an honor and privilege to follow the visionary work of Dr. Ziai and the program development of Dr. Altieri. I am impressed with the growth and unlimited potential for pediatrics at Inova and in Northern Virginia. We have expanded our PICU and NICU, opened a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department, started a sedation service, opened 6-bed IMC and implemented EPIC. We have a top notch cardiac surgical program and have 24/7 in patient coverage by neonatologists, hospitalists and pediatric intensivists.

Our residency program is strong and has matured to 13 residents per year. Not only do we have enthusiastic residents, last year there was 100% board passage rate. We have implemented an excellent clinical simulation program. Inova Children's Hospital has also averaged six to eight pediatric residents presenting at the National Pediatric Ambulatory Society meeting annually. Our residents have been selected to top notch fellowship programs in the field of their choice and are actively involved with clinical research in conjunction with the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. Our residency helped Inova Children's Hospital achieve 100% asthma core measures, has benchmarked leaders for children's hospitals in safety and quality (no harm), and benchmarked leaders for children's hospitals with >90th percentile scoring in patient experience.

Inova has become the northern campus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Our vision of the future continues to be exciting and dynamic. As a not-for-profit healthcare provider, Inova re-invests all of its income and contributions into programs, staff, services and technology to improve the health of the diverse community it serves and to meet its commitment to excellence in patient care, education and research.

We are excited to be moving into quadruple the space in the new Women's and Children's Hospital, to open in early 2016.

Inova Children's Hospital is committed to superior residency education, and I am proud of the amazing pediatricians and subspecialists we train. We welcome your interest in our Pediatric Residency Program and urge you to explore our website for more information.