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Meet Daniela: The Gift of Clear Vision When optician Kate Giroux first examined Daniela, she was a shy patient from Arlington Pediatric Center in need of significant vision care. With Kate’s help, Daniela has become a more outgoing and energetic little girl. What made access to vision care so important for Daniela? She has a condition called albinism which causes vision impairments that require both special glasses and sunglasses to correct her vision. Kate provides vision care services to APC patients free of charge as well as corrective glasses, caring for three APC-referred patients per month. Medicaid offers limited coverage for vision services, and Daniela’s mother was unable to afford these large expenses. “Kate is a blessing for what she provides to Daniela,” said her mother, Sandra. Kate, President of Giroux Opticians, Inc., has been an optician in Arlington for almost 40 years, and first experienced children with significant, unmet healthcare needs through her work as a member of the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, traveling to Honduras as a team member. Kate explains, “Working with the children in Honduras was so rewarding. I cannot tell you how terrific it is to witness an 18-month-old child see her mother for the first time! I continue that joyful feeling through my work with the APC children.”

Optician Kate Giroux makes getting new glasses a reason to smile; pictured with patient, Daniela

Kate was born and raised in Arlington. Her father died when she was 9 years old, leaving her mother to provide all the basic necessities and healthcare. Kate witnessed her mother’s struggle firsthand. That experience left her with a strong belief in “paying it forward” to children in need. Good vision is a crucial building block to success in life, affecting every aspect of a child’s life, from learning to socializing, to their sense of physical and emotional security. Arlington Pediatric Center provides comprehensive outpatient medical care to children, ages 0 to 19, and works collaboratively with compassionate healthcare professionals, like Kate Giroux, to provide access to other healthcare services including vision care.

By the end of the appointment with Kate, Daniela was playing with toys and laughing about her bear with glasses. The gift of clear vision has made her a more confident little girl, a transformation that both she and her mother are grateful for. N

OUR MISSION Arlington Pediatric Center (APC) opened its doors in 2001 as a community benefit program of Virginia Hospital Center and provides quality, compassionate outpatient medical care to low-income and uninsured children living in Arlington County.




Hosts Annual Holiday Party for APC Patients On December 5, 2012, Clark Cares hosted its annual holiday party for APC patients. Over 200 children gathered at APC for a visit with Santa Claus, receiving a photo with Santa and a special gift. “This celebration provides an opportunity for Clark employees to give back to our community and bring joy to children and families in need,” said Kathryn Alexander of Clark Realty, the event organizer. A very special thank you to the staff of Clark Realty for their community service and kindness to APC patients.


1.) APC families took part in the celebration. 2.) APC staff joined the fun.

We would also like to thank our toy drive organizers for bringing holiday cheer to APC patients: G Ballston Mall Walkers G Clarendon Wealth Management G Jamestown Elementary

G Macedonia Baptist Church G McKinley Elementary

G MONA (Mothers of North Arlington) G Our Lady of Good Counsel School G Research! America N

Arlington Pediatric Center has very good reason to look forward to a bright future with friends in the community like the Optimist Club. The Optimist Club supports APC with a generous annual donation, with total giving of more than $31,000. Optimist Club members dedicate themselves to community service and to making Arlington a better place to live. With their motto “Friend of Youth,” the Optimist Club is truly a friend to the Arlington Pediatric Center. N Sandy Bushue, Bill Swanson, Tricia O'Hara, Brian Kellenberger, Mark Whitenton, Greg Clough, John Farina, J.B. Whitlow, Larry Gaydos, and Dick McHugh. Absent are Richard Knight and Frank Broome.


Northern Virginia Health Foundation Supports Healthcare Excellence at APC Thanks to a generous $75,000 grant from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Arlington Pediatric Center had the resources needed to achieve three important 2012 goals. These goals included improving parent and patient satisfaction, increasing access to care, and meeting the requirements to become a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized patient-centered medical home. (see our NCQA story on page 4). “APC is a leader among clinics in Northern Virginia in meeting the highest standards of patient care. The Northern Virginia Health Foundation is proud to have provided operational support to APC for several years so that it can continue to deliver high quality care to Arlington children,” said Patricia Mathews, Northern Virginia Health Foundation President. N The Northern Virginia Health Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the health and healthcare of Northern Virginians, with a particular emphasis on programs that address the healthcare needs of the uninsured.

Northern Virginia Womenade Arlington Pediatric Center was a recent beneficiary of Northern Virginia Womenade, a charitable giving organization which gathers twice a year to support local organizations serving a wide range of issues in the community. Each person who attends brings an appetizer to share along with a $35 check designated to a local nonprofit (two nonprofits are the beneficiary of each event). APC received $1,700, which was directed to support patient care for children with special healthcare needs. A special thanks to Womenade for caring so deeply about families and children in need in our community. N

Since APC opened its doors 12 years ago as a community benefit program of Virginia Hospital Center, the Hospital has provided more than $6 million in support of APC’s mission. Virginia Hospital Center has played a central role in our community in meeting the healthcare needs of low income children and underinsured children. From January 2001 through December 2012, APC has enrolled over 10,250 children and provided more than 125,000 clinical visits to Arlington children in need. ARLINGTON PEDIATRIC CENTER 601 S. Carlin Springs Road Arlington, VA 22204 703.271.8800 Friend us on facebook

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Archie McPherson, MD, MPH President, APC Board Philip Peck Vice President & Secretary/Treasurer, APC Board Assistant Vice President & Controller, Virginia Hospital Center James B. Cole President & CEO, Virginia Hospital Center

STAFF Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD, FAAP Medical Director Delicia Claure Clinic Director Michele Werner Director of Development Judith A. Fox Director of Administration

Womenade founders (L-R) Terri Lynch, Jeanne Broyhill, Aileen Whitfill, Erica Wood and Grace Starbird


APC’s 8th Annual Benefit

Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD

Archie McPherson, MD, MPH

Dear Friends, Quality. At the heart of APC’s mission is our focus not only on delivering healthcare, but also in upholding the highest quality standards. Our commitment was recently recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). To earn accreditation as an NCQA Level III patient-centered medical home, APC needed to demonstrate its ability to meet new, even more rigorous 2011 quality standards for patient access and continuity of care. We are proud to be the first pediatric practice in Virginia to be recognized as a Level III patient-centered medical home based on these new standards. What does this mean for our patients? As NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane explained, “The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients. This recognition shows Arlington Pediatric Center has the tools, systems, and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.” APC has never wavered from its founding principle that every child deserves a medical home where quality care is comprehensive, coordinated, culturally effective, accessible, and compassionate. We are proud of this national recognition, and grateful to the countless members of our community who have supported our efforts through their contributions. We could not do it without you.

Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD, FAAP Medical Director


Archie McPherson, MD, MPH President, Board of Directors

Arlington Pediatric Center hosted its 8th Annual Benefit on Saturday, February 9, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, at Washington Golf and Country Club. All proceeds support our wonderful cause—providing healthcare for Arlington’s medically-underserved children. To support Arlington Pediatric Center, visit or call 703.717.4438. N

Who is NCQA? The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the healthcare system. The NCQA seal is a widely recognized symbol of quality. N

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