Arlington, VA
Press Release

Virginia Hospital Center ER Chief, Nurses Honored

By: Virginia Hospital Center

April 28, 2021

Virginia Hospital Center Chair of Emergency Medicine Selected as Medical Director of the Year by Alteon Health

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, is pleased to announce Michael Silverman, MD, FACEP, chair of emergency medicine, was recently selected as one of five 2020 Facility Medical Directors of the Year by Alteon Health, the industry-leading national medical group that has managed VHC’s emergency medicine program since 2001.

The award honors medical directors from across Alteon’s more than 125 clinical sites who exhibited exemplary leadership and professionalism in 2020, mentoring their physicians and advanced practice providers while improving department performance. Throughout 2020, Dr. Silverman played a critical role in VHC’s COVID-19 Task Force, led the physical adaptation of the Emergency Department to safely meet patients’ evolving needs, and worked with the Hospital’s public relations team to provide the community accurate and timely health information. In December, Arlington Magazine recognized Dr. Silverman as “Best of Arlington” for COVID information. He also led his physician team in designing and delivering a 12-part lecture series for the department’s physician assistants and nurse practitioners, equipping them to comfortably managing the higher acuity patient population.

Five Virginia Hospital Center Nurses Honored with Washingtonian Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, is proud to announce that five members of the nursing team were selected by Washingtonian Magazine to receive Excellence in Nursing Awards. Throughout the pandemic, nurses served on the frontlines caring for patients and this award honors their efforts to go above and beyond every day for their patients and colleagues.

“The strength and resilience our entire staff have displayed over the last year has been truly remarkable,” said James B. Cole, President and CEO of Virginia Hospital Center. “This award recognizes the hard work of not only these incredible nurses, but the entire VHC team.”

The five Virginia Hospital Center nurses are included in a group of 50 exceptional nurses selected from hundreds of nominations. The VHC employees who have been named 2021 Exceptional Nurses are:

  • Meghan Bozzelli, BSN, RN, CEN, Patient Care Director, Emergency Department
  • Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
  • Loan Nguyen, BSN, RN, Medical Stroke Unit
  • Sally Parris, MSN, RN, COHN, Director of Occupational Health
  • Lorraine Waltz, BSN, RN, OCN, Patient Care Director, Oncology
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