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About Inova Alexandria Hospital

From Babies to Seniors, Inova Alexandria Hospital Provides World-Class Medical Care

Inova Alexandria Hospital is a 318-bed community hospital that offers a full range of healthcare services and has received national recognition for healthcare excellence. We are dedicated to continually expanding our programs and services to help ensure we meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve today and in the future.

A Long-Standing Commitment to Community

The vision for Alexandria’s community hospital began in 1872 with one person – Julia Johns – and it continues today. For more than 140 years, Inova Alexandria Hospital has provided high-quality medical care and innovative technology. During our rich history, we have continuously enhanced our facility and services to offer the latest treatments and technologies, earning us recognition for many "firsts" in patient care.

We're Expanding to Serve You Better

Inova Alexandria Hospital is investing $5.2 million for its Women’s Tower which will feature four floors dedicated to providing a comfortable, inviting, healing environment with state-of-the-art medical technology for the best possible pre- and post-birthing experience, as well as post-breast and gynecological surgeries. Highlights of the renovations include:

  • Expansion of the Brock Family Antenatal Testing Center to include additional examination rooms, expanded waiting area, and children's play area
  • Patient room renovations will provide a comforting atmosphere for mother and baby
  • A dedicated Labor & Delivery Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Creation of a Women’s Specialty Center for post-surgical care

Inova Alexandria Hospital Makes History

Inova Alexandria Hospital is the oldest continuously operating community hospital in Virginia. During the hospital's history, we have continuously enhanced our facility and services to offer the latest treatments and technologies, earning us recognition for many “firsts” in patient care:

"Firsts" in Patient Care at Inova Alexandria

First School of Nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia (1895)

  • First movable X-ray table in Northern Virginia (1937)
  • First hospital on the East Coast to institute the use of epidural in obstetrics (1953)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to have a lung chamber (1949)
  • First hospital in the nation to staff an emergency department around-the-clock. Known nationally as the “Alexandria Plan” (1961)
  • The School of Nursing is ranked first among nursing schools in Virginia (1961)
  • First in Northern Virginia to provide direct telephone dialing for patients (1962)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to provide a full-body CAT scan unit (1977)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to have 1 room for labor, delivery & recovery (1978)
  • First peripheral vascular lab in Northern Virginia (1982)
  • First Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center in Northern Virginia (1986)
  • First hospital in the Washington metropolitan area to use a laser (1988)
  • First in the area and 2nd in the U.S. to have an excimer laser, used for vascular disease (1989)
  • First Cancer Center in Northern Virginia to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons for its comprehensive community oncology program (1989)
  • First Sleep Lab of its kind in Northern Virginia to offer comprehensive evaluations for sleep apnea, insomnia and other problems associated with sleep disorders (1990)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to offer brachytherapy treatment for prostate carcinoma (1992)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to have an Outpatient Chemotherapy Infusion Room (1995)
  • PCU/Unit 28 is the first unit and hospital in the Northern Virginia area to offer Tikosyn therapy, an oral agent is given for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (2000)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to have a highly sophisticated Infant and Child Abduction Security Monitoring system (2001)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to receive JCAHO Stroke Center certification (2005)
  • First hospital in Northern Virginia to offer Trilogy™ for cancer patients (2006)
  • First hospital in Virginia and Washington, DC metro area to offer NanoKnife™ 

Certification by The Joint Commission

Inova Alexandria Hospital has consistently received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care. We were one of the first
facilities in the Washington, DC, metro area to receive the Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification.

The Next Generation of Cancer Care

Technologically advanced cancer care at Inova Alexandria includes our state-of-the-art Trilogy™ stereotactic system, the first in Northern Virginia. Trilogy gives our doctors greater power to treat cancer than ever before. The system uses image-guidance technology and the highest dose rates available to target tumors with unprecedented precision.

Inova Alexandria Hospital was the first hospital in Virginia and the Washington, DC metro area to offer NanoKnife™. This cutting-edge technology (offered at fewer than 20 centers nationwide) destroys soft-tissue tumors, including those that have spread to the liver, kidneys, lungs and pancreas.

Women's Services

Inova Alexandria Hospital Birthing Center delivers the most advanced maternity care available close to home. We care for each patient as an individual with unique needs, while highly advanced technology and expertise are at our fingertips and was the first hospital on the East Coast to institute the use of epidural anesthesia in obstetrics in 1953.

High-Tech Cardio and Interventional Radiology

Our cardiovascular and interventional radiology services are in the forefront of this fast-growing field. Inova Alexandria Hospital was the first in Northern Virginia to perform peripheral and renal angioplasty and stent placement, as well as abdominal aortic stent-graft. We have one of the largest and most successful uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) programs in the country.

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