10 Arlington Power Players

What do they have in common? They're all Leadership Arlington graduates.

James B. Cole

Class of 2000

When Cole took the reins as president and CEO in 1994, Arlington Hospital (as it was called then) was a beloved community hospital that was best known as a place where women went to have babies. Twenty-four years later, Virginia Hospital Center is a nationally recognized medical powerhouse with major centers dedicated to cancer; cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery; women and infant health; orthopedics; bariatric surgery; and neurosurgery. Truven Health Analytics has thrice listed it among “America’s 100 Top Hospitals.” Now a Mayo Clinic partner, the hospital is at the forefront of new technologies ranging from robotic surgery to telemedicine. It’s also the third-largest employer in Arlington, with about 3,500 people on the payroll. Next up: a planned campus expansion (pending county approval), a comprehensive stroke recovery center and the possibility of becoming a level 2 trauma center (sans helicopters, Cole says).

“In the wintertime, when demand is at its peak, we frequently are over 100 percent [capacity] and we have people stacked in the emergency room, waiting for beds. A campus expansion will allow us to add about 80 more inpatient beds for cancer, heart and stroke patients.” —James B. Cole

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