INOVA Loudoun Hospital


Grant Recipient 2017

The story begins with a trauma that’s close to our family. In 2015, Sharon’s younger brother suffered a severe brain aneurism that threatened his life and, if he was lucky enough to survive, threatened to handicap him permanently. Because of the level of trauma, our local Loudoun Hospital was unable to provide the medical services needed to save him. He was medevacked to another trauma center 35 miles away. The time-lapse in immediate care made his situation even more direr. Thankfully, with the help of a great medical team, Sharon’s brother pulled through and has made a full recovery.

Loudoun County, about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C., is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. While growth is good, it puts a great deal of pressure on a community’s essential services – especially healthcare and education. Sharon and Scott realized that the county needed to have the capabilities necessary to deal with any medical emergency that came along. We spent time with the hospital administrators and physicians discussing what could be done to strengthen INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s ability and capacity to deal with high levels of trauma. We embarked with the hospital on a multi-year program to build a new trauma and emergency center, acquire state-of-the-art equipment, bring new expertise and experiences to the emergency medical team, and train the hospital staff and the community EMS teams in advanced trauma services.

Since the implementation of the Trauma program at Inova Loudoun Hospital in October 2017, over 5,011 patients have been treated. The Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center has averaged 43,000 patients per year over the past four years.

The Virts-Miller Foundation committed over $4,000,000 to the hospital system to support the new emergency and trauma program. Today, patients with severe injuries can get critical care promptly while staying close to home as they recover. Elapsed time to treatment and the support of family are two critical aspects of a patient’s ability to survive, recover quickly, and reduce long term effects. INOVA Loudoun Hospital has achieved a Level 2 trauma center designation and will very soon achieve the highest level, Level 3. Since the launch in October 2017, the trauma program has treated over 5,011 trauma patients.