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About Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Trauma Center

Inova Fairfax Hospital is an 833-bed tertiary care community teaching hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, founded in 1961. We are the medical school branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (in Richmond). The Inova campus is composed of five main clinical areas: the Medical/Surgical Tower, Inova Children's Hospital, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Women's Hospital and the newly completed South Patient Tower opened in early 2013.

Located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is the Inova Trauma Center, a state- and American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 trauma center with pediatric expertise seeing adult and pediatric, blunt and penetrating trauma patients and acute care surgical patients. Inova Trauma Center is Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 trauma center. We see about 3,000 trauma codes and consults a year, and enter just over 4,000 patients into the trauma registry each year. Inova Trauma Center hosts rotating residents and students from outside programs in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, in addition to our own general surgery residents and VCU medical students.

The Emergency Department receives over 100,000 visits per year (adult and pediatric combined). Inova Children’s Hospital includes a pediatric ICU and Level 3 neonatal ICU. There are 15 inpatient (main OR) and 14 ambulatory/outpatient surgery operating room suites. There are 7 critical care units: trauma, medical/surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, pediatric, neonatal, and adult intermediate care unit (step-down). The trauma ICU is a 12 bed unit which cares for 600 – 700 patients a year.

In addition to the trauma/surgical critical care faculty, Inova employs hospital based neurosurgical and orthopedic departments. The internal medicine hospitalist service is available to provide inpatient medical care. The interventional radiology and neuroradiology services are available for elective services and 24-hours a day for emergency conditions including trauma angioembolization. There exists the full range of surgical and medical subspecialty services including both hospital employed and private practice physicians. The Emergency Department sees almost 100,000 patients a year, and Inova Fairfax Hospital also has one of the busiest obstetrics programs in the country, with over 11,000 live births per year.

Critical care is managed by several services. All patients in a critical care unit are required to have intensivist coverage, either through consultation or primary management. The surgical critical care service provides critical care for all critically ill trauma and general surgery patients admitted to the trauma service, and upon request for other surgical patients when consulted (such as general, vascular, thoracic, transplant, plastic surgery, maxillofacial, obstetrical, and gynecological patients). The medical critical care service is a hospital-employed service, also in-house 24 hours a day, which provides intensive care to medical and surgical patients. There are also private physician groups in pulmonary/critical care who practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The pediatric ICU is staffed by pediatric intensivists, who provide a wide spectrum of pediatric critical care and who consult on trauma patients admitted to the PICU.