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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center receives ‘Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award’

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus and Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Kim Houser, RN, Coordinator of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Stroke Team. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center additionally received the association’s Bronze and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll awards. To qualify for these recognitions, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The changes coming to nine Manassas crosswalks you might never have noticed

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Without the MISSION Act, millions of veterans will lose access to care

Since the Veterans Administration (VA) scandal broke in 2014, Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) across the country have worked with Congress to ensure greater accountability, transparency, and efficiency in delivering quality care to our veterans.

The current VA Choice Program is one of those opportunities. With over two million veterans using the Choice Program to schedule over 39 million essential appointments, it is in danger of running out of funding by the end of the month. Without funding, millions of our nation’s warriors will lose access to the care they desperately need. 

The MISSION Act, supported by over 38 National VSOs—a staggering and unified number—strengthens the VA’s ability to deliver efficient and immediate care to our veterans. It does so by providing over $5 billion to prevent disruptions of care in the Choice Program, modernizing VA healthcare, creating integrated networks of high-performing providers to support the VA, creating a commission to review current VA facilities, and making it possible for World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans with severe combat-related disabilities to receive comprehensive caregiver assistance. 

Last Wednesday, 70 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against the MISSION ACT and voted for political games over improving healthcare for those who served our country.  Without immediate passage of the bill in the Senate, veterans could lose a critical support line to receive the care they require—and will again be forced to face long waiting periods to receive treatment.

Such waiting periods have led to veteran deaths in the past, and we cannot let a single veteran die waiting for the care they need simply because of Congressional delays.

As one who wore an Air Force uniform for 30 years and later chaired the Joint Virginia House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus that is the legislative clearing house for bills on behalf of 800,000 Virginia veterans, I know first-hand that the MISSION Act is crucial.

I strongly encourage those reading this letter to call Senators Warner and Kaine, urging them to support this bill that ensures that our nation’s heroes receive the care they deserve.

In Manassas, across the commonwealth, tourism spending is on the rise

Governor Ralph Northam today released 2017 preliminary state economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association. This information depicts the impact tourism and domestic travel has on the economy.

Local impact data is not yet available for Manassas; however, the preliminary numbers indicate another record year for tourism spending as consumers seek out more experiential opportunities.

Tourism is an essential part of our local economy. Few localities have experienced such seminal events as Manassas did during the Civil War. The Manassas National Battlefield Park, Liberia Plantation and Manassas Museum continue to serve as key attractions.

Increasingly, visitors are also drawn to the charm of Historic Downtown, its specialty shopping and dining, and crowd-pleasing events.

In 2017 over 369,000 people attended one of the city’s many popular events: 1st Friday’s, Bands, Brews and Barbeque; Wine and Jazz Festival, Farmer’s Market (

According to the Virginia Tourism Commission (VTC), tourists spent more than $68 million in Manassas last year and generated $1.8 million in local tax revenues; not including indirect or multiplier impacts.

City ready to unveil improved Stonewall Park Pool

MANASSAS — A ribbon will be cut on a newly remodeled Stonewall Park Pool on Friday.

The new public pool in Manassas features a new splash pad inspired by community suggestions.

More from a press release:

The 34-year old pool–tucked away behind the Point of Woods neighborhood in Stonewall Park–is home to the Stonewall Park Swim Team and an important resource for the Manassas community. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the pool hosts swim practices, swim meets, open swim, day camps, swim lessons and movie nights.

In August a community pop-up event gathered community input on how to improve the Pool. As a result of these suggestions—and others offered during the city’s Community Conversations effort—the Pool now boasts a new shade structure, an expanded pool deck, new fencing inside the pool enclosure, updated landscaping, new chemical controllers, and the major new feature that will be sure to please families: a splash pad with 15 aquatic features.

The splash pad design, which expands the baby pool, is an increasingly popular feature around the country for its safety, interactivity, sustainability, and accessibility for all ages and abilities. Pool visitors will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of water spraying from a variety of heights, and young visitors will be able to walk through some of the larger features, which include a frog, a daisy, and a cattail in a nod to Stonewall Park’s natural setting.

The transformation began in February with the demolition of the old pool deck and a portion of the existing baby pool. Although the Pool appears to be a pile of dirt and rubble in the photo, contractors were just beginning to create the new features.

We invite everyone to join us at Stonewall Park Pool on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Be one of the first to check out the improvements and celebrate the re-opening of Stonewall Park Pool. Light refreshments will be served.

Homes under construction burn at Landing at Cannon Branch

Fire crews were called the Landing at Cannon Branch in Manassas, a new development on Gateway Boulevard behind the Manassas DMV. 

From a press release: 

At midnight on May 20, 2018, units from the City of Manassas and Prince William County were called to 10464 and 10466 Ratcliffe Trail for a two-alarm fire.  These were unoccupied dwellings still being built.  One of the units had a major collapse on the third and fourth floors. 

The Fire Marshal is on the scene to determine the cause.  

City Hall dabbles in watercolors, features work of Manassas Art Guild

From an email: 

There is a new exhibit in The Hall at City Hall featuring the work of the Manassas Art Guild.  This month’s exhibit theme is “flowers” and features work in acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, digital painting, pastels and oil.

The Manassas Art Guild is a non-profit organization that promotes art in the Manassas community.  Their artwork will be featured throughout the summer in City Hall.

These pieces and more can be viewed at 9027 Center Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are free to the public.  Exhibits in The Hall at City Hall rotate on a monthly basis and include different forms of visual art.  For more information about art in the City of Manassas, visit