Inova: “Today Inova announced a transformational gift from long-time supporters of Inova, Dwight and Martha Schar, to support the hospital system’s heart and vascular programs. The Schars’ gift of $75 million – one of the largest to advance heart health in the country – will accelerate innovative cardiovascular care in Northern Virginia through the enhancement and expansion of what will become “Inova Schar Heart and Vascular.” The funds will be used to grow specialty services; focus on research, outreach, prevention and early diagnosis; recruit and retain top care team talent; and promote health equity across the Northern Virginia region.”

“The Schars have given or pledged more than $126 million to Inova Health System since 1993, including a $50 million gift in 2015 to establish the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Seeking to expand the impact of their latest gift, the Schars are also challenging the Northern Virginia community to match their pledge.”

“Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds.”


Sentara Health announced today that Jeff Joyner, MHA, FACHE, has been named President of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Joyner will begin his tenure at SNVMC in June 2023.

Joyner comes to Sentara from Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Hospital Executive at A.O. Fox Hospital, part of the Bassett Healthcare Network. He is recognized for creating a new culture and philosophy of growth for the hospital.

Before joining Basset Healthcare Network in 2015, he served as System Vice President, Operations at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, N.J., from 2013 to 2015.

“Following a national search, Sentara is proud to have Jeff Joyner join our organization to lead our operations in the Northern Virginia region,” said Paul A. Gaden, Regional President, Western Region of Sentara Health, which is headquartered in Hampton Roads, Va. “Jeff is an innovative and results-driven leader with a successful record in healthcare administration and government, and he has the strategic acumen to help Sentara achieve its mission to improve health every day.”

Joyner is returning to the Washington Metropolitan Area having held healthcare leadership positions that include: Vice President, Professional Services at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., from 2009 to 2013; Vice President, Patient Support Services and Director of Patient Registration at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., from 2001 to 2009; and Operations Manager of International Services and Financial Manager of Patient Access Services at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Hospital, from 1998 to 2001.

“I am excited about joining the Sentara team,” said Joyner. “One of the things that attracted me to the organization is not only the cutting-edge work being done in the Northern Virginia region but also broadly across Sentara Health that is known for being an innovative and progressive healthcare delivery system in the U.S.”

Joyner replaces Katherine Johnston, who retired in January 2023

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Woodbridge.

New police car design for Manassas 150th anniversary in 2023

The Manassas City Police Department has organized a free event to educate individuals about the care of senior citizens.

Topics at the fair include The Continuum of Elder Care, Safety and Security, Legal Concerns as We Age, and Area Resources and Services for Elders.

This event will occur on Saturday, May 13, at Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Road, in Manassas, at 9 a.m.

The following organizations will be present as resources for the public:

  • MCPD Investigative Services
  • MCPD Community Services
  • Comfort Keepers of Greater Prince William
  • UVA Health
  • Prince William Area Agency on Aging
  • Manassas City Social Services
  • Prince William County Sheriff’s Office
  • Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
  • Prince William Community Services
  • Action in Community Through Service (Acts)
  • Virginia Department of Veteran Services
  • Northern Virginia Legal Services
  • Volunteer Prince William

According to a press release, the rate of elderly citizens becoming victims of crime has risen dramatically in the past years.

Potomac Local News asked the department what kinds of crime the elderly are in danger of and how much the crime rate increased, but did not receive a response.


If you have a new baby – or even a grandchild – on the way, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is now offering FREE online childbirth, parenting and grandparenting education until January 2024.

Each class contains high-quality videos and animations to help explain concepts easily. Classes cover topics such as pregnancy, labor, childbirth, breastfeeding, baby care, postpartum health, parenting and more.

All classes are available in both English and Spanish at Use redemption code “sentara” (all lowercase). Simply create an account to get started:


After two-year hiatus, the Sentara 3D mammography van returns to communities in Northern Virginia.

You can spot the van in under-served communities across the region. Employees inside the van provide screenings to help detect breast cancer — to 20 appointments a day.

If you would like to schedule the 3D mobile mammography van, send your request to [email protected] or call 703-523-1997.

More in a press release:

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center announces that its 3D mammography van will begin visiting communities throughout its service area beginning March 30, 2023. Challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues for parts needed for repair kept the van out of service in 2021 and 2022.

The 3D mammography van brings the same state-of-the-art technology that a patient would receive in a Sentara facility into area communities. 3D mammography is the current standard of care for breast cancer screenings and has been proven to find smaller tumors at earlier stages than traditional 2D mammograms. The mobile unit is designed for comfort, with private dressing rooms, central air/heating, and a platform step for safer entry.

“We know that detecting breast cancer early, before it has spread, saves lives,” said Melissa Botelho, manager of radiology at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “By coming into the community or directly to a workplace, the mobile mammography van will bring screening services to those who might not otherwise get this necessary care.”

“The mobile mammography team is committed to organizing as many screening events as possible to underserved areas and businesses in Northern Virginia throughout the year,” added Botelho.

Mammograms will be available to all individuals. If a patient has health insurance, that information will be gathered in advance over the phone and on-site, and if a patient is uninsured or underinsured, they can complete an application to qualify for financial assistance. Lack of insurance will not be a barrier to receiving care.

Up to 20 mammography appointments can be scheduled in a single day. The mammography van is available for events Monday through Friday. Sentara will also focus on partnering with community organizations and local businesses to provide convenient screenings for employees. In the past, the 3D Mammography Van has gone to local businesses in Northern Virginia that have included Microsoft, Raytheon, and GEICO.

In 2022, Sentara Healthcare provided nearly 17,000 mammograms and more than 2,800 community members participated in cancer screenings through prevention and early detection events held across Virginia and North Carolina. To learn more about Sentara’s mobile mammography services, click here.

The emergency department at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is rolling out a new policy that requires visitors to show a government-issued ID and have their photo taken when they visit the hospital in Woodbridge.

The new Visitor Badging System (VBS) is now in effect for all visitors entering the hospital at 2300 Opitz Boulevard.

Sentara provides medical services to those in eastern Prince William, northern Stafford, and southern Fairfax counties.

More in a press release from the medical center.

Visitors will be asked to:

• Show a photo ID at reception, such as a driver license, state-issued ID, or military ID.
• Tell receptionists at the visitor badging station their destination.
• Have a photo taken for a visitor badge, to be worn visibly at all times.

Additionally, all individuals must lock firearms, knives, and other weapons in their vehicles before entering the hospital.

Sentara hospitals are seeking the balance between being welcoming and being safe. Visitor badging has been shown to reduce violence against staff and limits opportunities for theft of personal items from patients or employees.

The VBS expands a long-standing badge protocol in Family Maternity Centers, which helps ensure that everyone entering those secure units is appropriate. The broader goal is to have every person in Sentara hospitals wear a badge, including employees and providers, vendors, outpatients, and visitors.

Health care workers suffer 73 percent of all workplace violence, mostly from patients and visitors. The Visitor Badging System encourages respectful interaction between visitors with staff. Sentara leaders believe that most visitors will welcome VBS to help them enjoy a safer experience.

The first Sentara Commitment to our patients is to ‘Always keep you safe.’ This includes quality care and a safe healing environment. Visitor badging is one tool to help us keep that promise.
Sentara Healthcare is rolling out the new VBS at its 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical center sits at 2300 Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge.

Sentara will no longer force most employees, patients, and visitors to wear facemasks.

The healthcare provider says the coronavirus and flu cases are falling after a spike during Fall 2022. Starting today, March 21, 2023, only those who think they have the coronavirus or flu or those treating coronavirus and flu patients should continue to wear a mask.

Sentara operates the largest medical facility in eastern Prince William County, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge. The medical provider also operates a series of health clinics throughout the region.

More in a press release:

The Sentara COVID-19 Task Force has closely monitored COVID-19 activity for the past three years across our communities, using scientific data and the highest safety standards to guide our decisions throughout the pandemic.

Currently, health systems across the country are seeing a steady decrease in COVID-19, RSV, and flu patients – the three respiratory viruses that triggered a surge in emergency department visits and hospitalizations last fall.

After much consideration, we believe it is safe and appropriate to relax masking requirements across our healthcare facilities.

Effective tomorrow March 21, 2023, patients, visitors, and team members will no longer be required to wear a mask at all times within our healthcare facilities. Exceptions include:

  • Patients who are seeking treatment for a viral illness such as COVID-19 or the flu should continue to wear a mask to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Healthcare workers treating patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must still wear the appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE) required.

All healthcare professionals will continue to follow infection prevention protocols. Health systems will continue to monitor respiratory illness activity within our communities.

While we continue to evolve our COVID-19 policies, our priority remains the safety of our team members, patients, and community. Masks will continue to be an important tool, along with vaccinations, to keep people healthy and safe. Masks will still be available to patients and visitors who enter our facilities. Additionally, our healthcare colleagues can still wear a mask if they choose to do so.

We are grateful to our healthcare colleagues, patients, and visitors for their cooperation in following important public health measures during the pandemic to protect one another.


A convenient, new outpatient imaging center is now open in Woodbridge. Sentara Advanced Imaging Center is now open in the Century Medical Building on the campus of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

If you’re coming to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for outpatient imaging, you will now come to Sentara Advanced Imaging Center in the Century Building.

This is the first building on your right as you enter the main campus of the hospital from Opitz Boulevard at 2280 Opitz Boulevard in Suite 100.

This new advanced imaging site offers 3D Mammography, Ultrasound, Bone Density Scans, CT Scans, PET CT Scans and walk-in X-Ray.

Sentara Advanced Imaging Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is available for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, call 703-523-1560.


Fredericksburg-area residents have a new healthcare option after opening a new emergency room on Route 3.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center opened its Fredericksburg ER at 5005 Plank Road in Spotsylvania. The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on February 23.

The full-service center has 11 rooms and 10 exam rooms and treats adults and children. More serious cases may be taken to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, about nine miles away.

The facility, like Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, is managed by HCA, Virginia, which, along with Mary Washington Healthcare, are the region’s primary medical providers.

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