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Patient support services

Often during recovery, our patients and their families and friends deal not only with pain but the uncertainty of illness, sometimes life threatening.

All Inova hospitals provide multidenominational pastoral emotional and spiritual support. Our pastoral care staff also helps our patients and families address the theological, bioethical, philosophical and cultural issues that often arise when facing illness and injury.

Inova also offers numerous support groups to assist patients and familly members during the recovery process and beyond.

Support groups

Stroke Survivors

The Survivors is a support group for stroke survivors ages 20 to 50 sponsored by Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. on the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital campus. 

Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus
3580 Joseph Siewick Drive
Inova Cancer Center, Lower Level - Room B
Fairfax, VA 22033

For information about The Survivors group, email


Stroke Survivors & Caregivers (3 locations)

Inova currently offers free support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers at three different locations: Telestar Court near Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

These monthly gatherings can be very helpful to individuals recovering from a stroke and to their caregivers. Among the numerous topics discussed:

  • Understanding stroke and how it affects you physically
  • Reducing risk for stroke
  • Adjusting to and safely performing daily activities
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Available community services

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers – Alexandria location
Inova Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Road
Unit 25 Centering Room, 2nd floor
Alexandria, VA  22304
(Map and interactive directions)
Free. Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is requested but not required. To RSVP or for more information, call 703-504-3543 or email

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers – Fairfax location
2990 Telestar Court
Conference Room #1 and #3
Falls Church, VA  22042
(Map and interactive directions)
Free. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, contact Karen Going at

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Inova Loudoun Hospital location
44045 Riverside Parkway
Second floor, Patient Education Room
Leesburg, VA  20176
(Map and interactive directions)
Free. Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon. No registration required. For more information, contact Robyn Thompson at

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Support Group

Meets the first Tuesday of each month
A FREE support group where you can get answers to your questions and interact with others undergoing similar experiences.

First Tuesday of each month
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Life with Cancer Family Center
8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA  22031
(Map and interactive directions)

For more information, contact Vera Hirschman at 703-776-4623 or at vera.hirschman@inova.orgHear from Vera in this video 

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

You are not alone! Join us. Inova Neuroscience Institute and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation have teamed up to provide this free support group for:

  • Survivors of brain aneurysms
  • Caregivers
  • Family and friends
  • Recently diagnosed patients with brain aneurysm
  • Patients in treatment

Meets the second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 p.m.

2990 Telestar Court
Conference Room #1 and #3
Falls Church, VA  22042
(Map and interactive directions)

To register contact Laura Buhler at or at 703-776-3030, option 2.

Trauma Support Group

The Trauma Survivor Network (formerly Rebuild)  at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Children's Hospital focuses on the concerns and needs of recovering trauma patients and their caregivers.

Five different trauma support groups offer:

  • Support for patients recovering from general trauma, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
  • Patient-focused training for healthcare professionals to reinforce their vital role in the healing process.

One key to the success of Rebuild’s program is ongoing dialogue between healthcare professionals and the patients themselves. Trauma survivors share their experiences with clinicians to enhance understanding of the trauma experience and the patients’ emotional needs. Lively dialogue provides both professional and survivor with an opportunity to learn from each other.

For more information about the Trauma Survivor Network, please contact one of our Trauma Survivor Network Coordinators: