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One-of-a-Kind Initiative Distinguishes Alexandria, Va., Skilled Nursing Facility  

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 2, 2023) Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Alexandria recently marked the 30th anniversary of its market-leading Ventilator & Respiratory Care program. The celebratory event recognized the skilled nursing facility’s three decades of success specializing in complex pulmonary rehabilitation – within an ever-changing healthcare environment.  

“It’s a special time at Woodbine, and the anniversary program reflected on the program’s evolution, and the medical and technological advancements that are so critical when it comes to upholding and improving quality of care,” said Megan Shilling, regional director of market development for Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the facility. “Marquis is proud to support Woodbine and congratulates the team on this impressive milestone.” 

Located at 2729 King St., Woodbine provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. Under the direction of pulmonologist Samir Al-Khouri, MD, Woodbine’s Ventilator & Respiratory Care program is widely recognized for its longevity and track record in treating patients who are ventilator and tracheostomy dependent, or have debilitating respiratory conditions and disorders. 

Its state-of-the-art, 46-bed ventilator unit is optimal for vent weaning and management. “We have the only program in northern Virginia that takes ventilator patients right off the acute care setting,” said Dr. Al-Khouri. “Our goal is to help patients breathe on their own, when possible, and in all cases aim to increase their quality of life dramatically.”  

Woodbine’s pulmonary patients benefit from 24/7 care provided by respiratory therapists, pulmonologists, and specially trained nurses and caregivers. “Many of our dedicated therapists and nurses have been with us for years,” added Woodbine’s Melissa Claudio, RT, director of respiratory therapy. “We all care deeply about our patients and what we do.” 

Woodbine maintains a five-star rating in quality measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and was recognized as one of Virginia’s top nursing homes in Newsweek’s America’s Best Nursing Homes 2022 – for the third consecutive year. It has the state’s largest licensed skilled nursing capacity. More information on the facility can be found at   

Brick, N.J-based Marquis Health Consulting Services provides administrative and consulting services to skilled nursing facilities and senior housing communities along the Eastern Seaboard. The organization’s operational guidance enables its client facilities to overachieve their quality and customer service goals by embracing a progressive, multi-specialty approach to healthcare.      

PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): Michael Smith, RN, LNHA, division president at Marquis Health Consulting Services, Woodbine Administrator Donna Shaw, RN, LNHA, and Hon. Amy Jackson, Alexandria City Vice Mayor at the 30th anniversary celebration. 


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