Inova Loudoun Hospital took philanthropists and government leaders on a tour of some of its facilities across Loudoun Wednesday, offering a glance into some of the system’s impacts in the community beyond the emergency room.
The tour began with the Charles B. and Betty G. Ewing FACT Department, or Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team, at the hospital’s Leesburg campus. The department provides victims of sexual assault and domestic violence a place to go any time of day or night to get expert medical evaluation, forensic evidence collection and medical and emotional support. Previously, they had to ride in a police cruiser to Inova’s other Ewing FACT department in Fairfax for the five-hour examination.
The department opened in April 2018, and according to Mary Hale, director of the forensic assessment and consultation team, in May of this year the FACT departments broke their record for patients, seeing 20 people in Loudoun and more than 100 in Fairfax. Nobody who comes into the FACT department for an exam is charged—all costs are reimbursed by the state or covered by Inova.
Visitors also got a peek inside in Kellar Center, which offers mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs for children, adolescents, and their families. In 2018 the center provided more than 33,000 behavioral health and special education visits.
The trip wrapped up with a tour of the ongoing construction on the hospital’s new patient tower, a seven-story, 382,000-square-foot, $300 million, state-of-the-art facility with 228 planned beds. That will join the 122 beds at the Cornwall campus. Inova Loudoun Hospital President Deborah Addo said they plan to move into the new facility April 25, 2020.