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INOVA Clinic for Uninsured and Under-Insured Patients Opens in Mt. Vernon

New Clinic and HIV Program Aid Un- and Under-Insured Patients in Mt. Vernon

Participating in the Ribbon Cutting of the new Inova Cares Clinic in Mount Vernon are: Front Row: Dr. Sage Bolte, Chief Philanthropy Officer and President of the Inova Health Foundation; Kathryn Falk, VP, Cox Communications Inc.; Karen Berube, Chief, Community Health and Health Equity; SVP, Inova; J. Stephen Jones, MD, FACS President and CEO, Inova Health System; Colleen Langer, Executive VP, COO, Cox Communications; Dr. Alquietta Brown, VP Nursing for Inova Behavioral Health Services; Chief Nursing Officer, IIMVH; Del. Mark Sickles, (D-43rd); Karen Corbett Sanders, Mt. Vernon District representative to the Fairfax County School Board; Deron Campbell, Director Community Health Programs, Population/Community Health Services, Inova. Back Row: Mt. Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, Franconia Supervisor Rodney Lusk. (Photo courtesy Inova)

Alexandria, VA – A “medical home for patients of all ages regardless of immigration status, who qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS, Inova’s Financial Assistance Program, or are uninsured.” That is how Inova Director of Community Health Programs Deron Campbell described the new Inova Cares Clinic (ICCF), which opened on October 18 at 8101 Hinson Farm Road in Mount Vernon. The Inova Juniper Program (IJP), which has provided care for people living with HIV in Northern Virginia for over 30 years, moved to the same location on the same day.

Inova executives were joined by local officials, members of the public, and representatives from the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications, at the grand opening. The foundation provided a $250,000 grant for the clinic.

Over the last ten years, ICCF has grown to seven locations providing healthcare for uninsured or under-insured families in our area. Many are co-located with other safety net programs such as this one with IJP. Funding for the latter came from additional donors.

“Our Mount Vernon Community Health Needs Assessment identified healthcare access as a top Mount Vernon community health issue,” commented Karen Berube, Chief of Community Health and Health Equity, SVP, Inova. “We understand families face challenges meeting social and healthcare needs. With this grand opening, we are partnering with our neighbors to create a medical home in the community to address healthcare needs and foster long-term wellbeing.”

“Inova is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in healthcare to provide better outcomes,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, Inova President and CEO. “Ensuring healthcare is accessible to everyone anywhere within Northern Virginia can significantly impact the health of the communities we serve.”

ICCF/IJP Mt. Vernon provides comprehensive primary care services, including sick and well visits, physicals, nurse case management, education and counseling for disease prevention, psychosocial support, and care coordination. 

“Cox has been a longtime partner of Inova Health System and the Inova Health Foundation, and we’re thrilled and appreciative of the James M. Cox Foundation’s generous investment in this new Inova Cares Clinic,” said Coleen Langner, EVP and COO of Cox Communications.

“Together with Inova, we’re supporting people in overcoming health and wellbeing challenges.”

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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