Virginia Hospital Center

Read a letter to our community from James B. Cole, President & CEO, Virginia Hospital Center. 

Advisory on COVID-19:
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The Virginia Department of Health has activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

What is Virginia Hospital Center doing to prepare? READ MORE 

Appointment-Only COVID-19 Sample Collection Site

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) has partnered with the Arlington County Public Health Department, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Environmental Services to open a temporary drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site at 1429 N. Quincy Street.

This site is for sample collection from symptomatic patients (fevers, chills, cough, or shortness of breath) who have received a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. This is not meant for asymptomatic patients, even those who have had a close contact with a known COVID patient.

Requirements for visiting the COVID-19 Sample Collection Site:

  • Patients must be 18 years and older, Arlington residents, Arlington County Government employees and Arlington Public Schools employees, and patients of VHC Medical Staff.
  • Patients must have a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703.558.2448.
  • Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site. Once they have received a physician’s order, patients should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703.558.5766 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Individuals arriving at the drive-through site will be asked to remain in their cars.

The sample collection center will officially open Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am and will remain open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individuals who visit the collection site are encouraged to follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-quarantine while they await their results. Test results will be available to the patient within five to seven business days.



To protect our patients and staff, all in-person visitation has been suspended with limited critical exemptions, effective March 17 at 8:00 pm. No visitors, with a few exceptions, will be allowed in the Hospital until further notice.  We recognize there are times when a visitor or family member is critical and as a result the following exceptions apply:

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner.
  • End-of-life situations (to be determined on a case-by-case basis).
  • Pediatric patients may have 2 parents/guardians.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 2 parents/guardians.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays, where a caregiver provides safety, may have 1 visitor.
  • Patients visiting the Emergency Department (ED) may have 1 person.
  • Outpatients may have 1 person to assist post-procedure with safe transition to home.

Visitors must remain with the patient through the duration of the visit.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and safety of our patients, team and the community are our top priority.

To support these new safety measures, all patients and support persons will be screened at the following entrances prior to entering the Hospital:

  • Emergency Department entrance (Open 24/7; Zone A)
  • Main Hospital Lobby entrance (Open 6:00 am to 9:00 pm; Zone A)
  • Women & Infant Health Lobby entrance (Open 24/7; Zone C)
  • Oncology Services entrance (Open 6:00 am to 9:00 pm; Zone C)

Outpatient Pavilion
It’s official! Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington County agreed to the Hospital’s acquisition of the Edison property and the transfer of the Carlin Springs property to the County. Thanks to the VHC Board of Directors and the many supporters of the expansion and our plans to better serve our community.

How can I learn more? For up-to-date news on the Outpatient Pavilion, click here.

Virginia Hospital Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again
Recognition for the second time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence.

Virginia Hospital Center is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration.

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