Awards and Recognition

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Awards & Recognition

Third-party recognitions and accreditations are important to Inova. These recognitions allow us to not only benchmark our performance against others, but ensure that we are providing the best care to our neighbors in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metro community.

U.S. News & World Report

silver badgegold badge#1 Overall in the Washington, DC Metro Area

U.S. News & World Report has, for the fifth time, ranked Inova Fairfax Hospital #1 in the Washington, DC metro area. (Inova Fairfax has also been ranked #3 in the state of Virginia this year.)

In addition, all five Inova hospitals have been awarded either a regional or specialty ranking this year.

Nationally Ranked in Gynecologic Care

Inova Fairfax Hospital has been ranked #13 in the nation for Gynecology by U.S. News. This award recognizes our excellence in providing the highest quality gynecology and gynecologic surgery care to our patients.

About U.S. News "Best Hospitals" rankings

The annual Best Hospitals rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for either challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. For more information about the 2018-19 rankings, please visit the U.S. News website.

Watson Health

IBM logo Listed among highest-performing health systems by IBM Watson in large health systems division

Inova has been named, along with 21 other health systems, among the top quintile of highest-performing health systems in the United States by IBM's Watson Health. The study recognized top-performing health systems in the country who achieved better risk-adjusted outcomes and higher patient satisfaction scores while simultaneously maintaining a lower average cost per patient. Download the full report arrow

"Straight A's" in hospital safety

Leapfrog logoAll five Inova hospitals have been awarded a grade of "A" for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that aims to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

CMS 5-Star Awards

Inova: First and only hospitals in the DC area to earn 5-Star ratings

five gold starsWe are honored to have the first and only hospitals in the DC metro area to have earned five out of five stars for quality by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an independent government agency.

The most recent recognition from CMS awarded Inova Fairfax, Inova Fair Oaks, Inova Loudoun, and Inova Mount Vernon Hospitals 5-star ratings, which is better than every other hospital in Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC area. Inova Alexandria Hospital has received a four-star rating, which is also an honor and better than many of our regional competitors.

This recognition was earned through a rigorous analysis of 57 patient care standards that we exceed every day. It's Inova's ongoing commitment to personalized medicine that leads to better outcomes for our patients. Learn more about CMS Star Ratings arrow

Joint Commission Accreditation

All Inova hospitals are fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Additionally across the system, Inova hospitals hold 21 Joint Commission disease-specific certifications. This means Inova meets the highest standards for healthcare performance, quality and safety.

Joint Commission logoThe purpose of The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's survey and accreditation process is to evaluate facilities' compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards that relate to quality and safety of care. The Joint Commission is one of the nation's most respected accrediting agencies. Achieving The Joint Commission's demanding standards ensures that our performance and improvement is held to the highest standards nationwide.

By meeting The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's national standards for healthcare quality and safety, Inova hospitals have received multiple Gold Seals of Approval®.

Joint Commission Accreditation:

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Inova Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services (CATS)

Certified Stroke Centers:

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement:

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery:

  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery:

  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack):

  • Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Prematurity (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit):

  • Inova Children's Hospital

Gold Seal of Approval® for Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD):

  • Inova Heart and Vascular Institute

Gold Seal of Approval® for Palliative Care:

  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Gold Plus Elite Awards for Stroke Care – American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines" Program

gold seal The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have designated all five Inova hospitals as Stroke GOLD PLUS along with either Honor Roll Elite or Honor Roll Elite Plus status for outstanding specialized stroke treatment.
The "Get with the Guidelines" designation indicates that stroke assessment and services at the hospitals provide patients with the best chance of survival.


Excellence in weight loss surgery

logo: MBSAQIPInova Fair Oaks Hospital is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence for weight loss surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in obesity surgery. Learn more arrow

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

NAPBC logoThe National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers represents a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. They have developed the following objectives to measure accreditation:

  • Consensus development of criteria for breast centers and a survey process to monitor compliance
  • Strengthen the scientific basis for improving quality care
  • Establish a National Breast Disease Database to report patterns of care and effect quality improvement
  • Reduce the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer by improving screening mammography and advocating for increased access to and participation in clinical trials
The following Inova hospitals associated with the Inova Breast Cancer Program have been awarded this accreditation:
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Outstanding Achievement Award designees from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

Commission on Cancer - Outstanding Achievement Award logo

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with six standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and also receives a compliance rating for the remaining 30 standards.

Inova's Nicholas Robert, MD discusses the Commission on Cancer Award

The six standards that form the basis of the OAA criteria are drawn from the following five areas of program activity:

  • Cancer committee leadership
  • Cancer data management
  • Research
  • Community outreach
  • Quality improvement

OAA recipients represent community-based facilities; teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Network Cancer Programs as well as both newly accredited programs and those that are currently accredited by the Commission on Cancer. In 2014, Inova Loudoun Hospital received its second Outstanding Achievement Award for cancer care, joined by Inova Alexandria Hospital (recipient in March 2009) and Inova Fairfax Hospital (recipient in 2007). 

National Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

logo - Beacon Award for ExcellencePresented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Beacon Award recognizes the nation's top critical (intensive) care units. Units are judged on 42 criteria, and nurses must demonstrate they achieve excellent patient outcomes, have created and promote a healing environment conducive to their patients' well-being and exhibit leadership and ethical nursing practices.

The following Inova Critical Care Units have received this recognition:

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital – Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital – Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital – Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit

Certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program

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The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) program at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is the only program in Northern Virginia accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), and one of just 600 in the United States to carry this quality accreditation.

UHMS Accreditation means that our facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through a rigorous evaluation of our equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.


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