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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.

Stafford woman killed in I-95 crash

From Virginia State Police: 

On May 19, 2018 (Saturday), at approximately 8:53 p.m. the Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality at northbound I-95 at the 114 mile marker in Caroline County. 

 
The Trooper’s preliminary investigation reveals that a 2003 Jaguar driven by a Richard Lee Davidson, 56, of Stafford, Va., was traveling northbound and ran off road left and struck a downed tree.  
 
Richard Davidson was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  The front seat passenger, identified as Louise Marie Davidson, 55, of Stafford, Va., was transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.  Both were wearing their seat belts.  
 
Charges are pending at this time.  
 
The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction team. 

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 (VisitManassas.org).

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.

Stafford officials keep Cox which promises discounts for lower-income families

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Driver eludes Stafford sheriff’s deputies but leaves ID behind

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

On May 15, 2018, at approximately 10:53 p.m., Deputy Steven Kellam observed a gray vehicle turn left onto Leeland Road from Deacon Road. The vehicle then drove over the curb to pull into a 7-11 convenience store. The deputy followed the vehicle as it parked in front of the store.

After making eye contact with the deputy, the suspect put his vehicle in reverse and began to exit the parking lot. The deputy then activated his emergency equipment and a pursuit ensued.

The suspect vehicle continued traveling northbound on Leeland Road before making a wide right turn onto Perth Drive. He proceeded off the roadway, driving over a landscape fence and tree before turning back onto the roadway. As the vehicle began to turn left onto Woodford Drive, it slowed down and a passenger rolled out. The deputy stopped to check on the passenger who advised he was just trying to get a ride home.

Shortly thereafter, the deputy heard a crash and attempted to locate the suspect vehicle. Along the way, he saw two mailboxes lying in the roadway and found the suspect vehicle with the front doors open on Colemans Mill Drive. A female passenger was standing in the middle of the road crying.

The suspect was identified as Antonio Rashad Peters, 24, of Stafford by his Virginia driver’s license, which was left in the vehicle. He was not located in the immediate aftermath of the incident. The K-9 Unit and drone team set up a perimeter in the area of Morton Road, but were unable to locate him.

The suspect was later taken into custody on Wednesday and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. He is charged with eluding police, reckless driving, and hit and run.