Arlington Magazine: Guide to Giving 2020
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Arlington Magazine: Community Rallies Around Hospital Workers
“I’ve never seen anything like it in 30+ years,” says Anthony Burchard, president of the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.”
By June 1, Arlington County had seen more than 375 hospitalizations and 116 deaths from Covid-19.
Understanding the burden being shouldered by health care workers, the community rallied around Virginia Hospital Center. Kids sent hand-painted rocks for the hospital’s Healing Garden. Families posted signs of gratitude on light posts surrounding the medical campus.
In-kind donations—fielded through a military-style command center at the hospital—included thousands of masks, gloves, gowns, caps, shoe covers, 3D-printed face shields, hand sanitizer, hand cream and more.
WJLA: Virginia Nursing Officer Talks Keeping Patients Safe, Connected to their Families During COVID
VHC’s Chief Nursing Officer, Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ recently spoke to WJLA about where do things stand currently when it comes to COVID-19 patients at VHC, including how the Hospital is working to keep patients safe and connected to their loved ones.
How Amazon is helping its HQ2 community amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Adrian Stanton, VHC’s Vice President of Business Development and Community Relationships was recently featured on Amazon.com’s blog about the company’s recent 10,000 meal food donation to local essential workers. VHC was one of several local organizations to receive meals from Freddie’s Beach Bar last month, in partnership with Amazon. “After nine intensive weeks of caring for COVID-19 patients, our staff was showing signs of wear and tear,” he shared. “I was amazed by how quickly Amazon jumped in to support us. It was more than ‘just a meal’ to our team.” Thank you again to Amazon, Freddie’s Beach Bar, and to everyone in our community for your ongoing support!
The Nonprofit Chatter Ep 17: Virginia Hospital Center’s Foundation Response to COVID-19
In this episode of the Nonprofit Chatter, Nhu Te, editor-in-chief of NonProfit PRO, and Leah Davenport, marketing manager at Pursuant, are joined by Marshall Ginn, CFRE, senior director of development at Virginia Hospital Center Foundation, and David Sachetti, director of client strategy at Pursuant, to talk about how VHCF quickly responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, what pivots it needed to make, how data and analytics played a role in its decision, and more.
Loudoun Times-Mirror: Sterling-based Cuisine Solutions donates 2,400 meals to Virginia Hospital Center workers
We are so grateful for the generosity shown to our team during these uncertain times. Many thanks to Cuisine Solutions, World Central Kitchen, Bridor and St. Michel for bringing 2,400 take-home meals to our #HealthCareHeroes. The meals are part of Cuisine Solutions’ new line of oven-ready and microwavable meals, developed in response to COVID-19.
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Virginia Mercury: Hospital Testing Sheds Some Light on Extent of Asymptomatic COVID-19 in Virginia
In the weeks since Virginia’s hospitals have reopened for non-life-threatening procedures, many have implemented wider COVID-19 testing protocols to protect patients and staff from the virus.
In some cases, the results have been illuminating. In a Thursday call with the Virginia Nurses Association, Melody Dickerson, the senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, said her facility had been testing all admitted patients for the last three to four weeks.
“I would tell everyone on the call that if you’re not doing that, it’s certainly something you should consider,” she added. Within the hospital’s labor and delivery department, 1.6 percent of mothers tested positive for COVID-19 with no symptoms. The number jumped to 1.8 percent for patients coming in for surgery, she said.