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Awards & Recognition: Inova Alexandria Hospital

Award badge: Leapfrog safety award grade AAn "A" for Patient Safety

Inova Alexandria Hospital had earned a second consecutive Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of "A." This designation recognizes our efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.


Award badgeNational Award for Quality

Highlighting our nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Inova Alexandria Hospital also has been named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

U.S. News & World Report: Among the best in Washington, DC area

For the 2019-2020 awards year, Inova Alexandria Hospital has earned the distinction of #5 Best Hospital in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, and the #8 Best Hospital in the state of Virginia.

High Performing in clinical and surgical areas

U.S. News & World Report also has ranked Inova Alexandria Hospital as “High Performing” for the following specialty areas or procedures:

  • Nephrology
  • Heart Failure Treatment
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Care
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement

About U.S. News "Best Hospitals" rankings

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. U.S. News evaluates 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.

joint commission gold sealRecognized as a Top Performer

Inova Alexandria Hospital has earned recognition as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission. This means we have demonstrated excellence in accountability measures and performance shown to improve care for certain conditions. We are one of only 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve this distinction.

Pathway to Excellence sealExcellence in Nursing Care

Inova Alexandria Hospital has earned the prestigious Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The achievement identifies the hospital as one of the best places for nurses to work and puts it among an elite group of healthcare organizations. Nationwide, only 171 hospitals have earned Pathway status.

joint commission gold sealJoint Commission Center of Excellence for Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement

Inova Alexandria has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation for hip, knee and shoulder replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes our dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.


joint commission gold sealJoint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center

Inova Alexandria Hospital was the fourth hospital in the country to receive this new advanced stroke certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. As a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TCS), this designation certifies that Inova Alexandria Hospital meets the rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy (EVT).


Award badge"Get with the Guidelines" Stroke Quality Initiative from American Stroke Association – Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have awarded Inova Alexandria Hospital the GOLD PLUS Award for outstanding specialized stroke treatment. In addition, Inova Alexandria has attained the distinction of Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

The "Get with the Guidelines" designation indicates that stroke assessment and services at the hospital provide patients with the best chance of survival. Read more about the "Get with the Guidelines" stroke program.


Baby Friendly logoBaby-Friendly Hospital

Inova Alexandria Hospital has received the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. This recognition celebrates birthing centers around the world that provide superior breastfeeding care and mother-baby bonding experiences.

Women’s Care Excellence Awards

Inova Alexandria Hospital has received recognition for superior care of women during and after childbirth and for care of women receiving surgery for treat of diseases and conditions of the female reproduction system.

  • Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ – 2019
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ – 2019

American College of Cardiology Award for Heart Attack Treatment

award sealInova Alexandria Hospital is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019.

This award reflects our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and that we’ve reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the ACC and American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, our hospital demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

logo: AACVPR certified programAACVPR Certified

Inova Alexandria Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). We have been recognized for our commitment to improving patients' quality of life by enhancing standards of care.


Logo: Commission on CancerCommission on Cancer: Accredited Cancer Center

Inova Alexandria Hospital is fully accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for providing the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Logo: National Accreditation Program for Breast CentersAmong the best in breast care

Inova Breast Cancer Program at Inova Alexandria Hospital was one of the first centers in the Washington, DC, region to receive a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Read Inova Alexandria Hospital's press release about this breast care accreditation.


Logo:APEx AccreditationAPEx Accreditation for Excellence in Radiation & Oncology

The Inova Alexandria Hospital radiation oncology program is accredited as a center of excellence (APEx) by the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). APEx accreditation demonstrates commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation and oncology and that we practice patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

Logo: Radiation Oncology Accredited Facility (by the American College of Radiology)Accredited by the American College of Radiology

The Inova Cancer Center – Alexandria was the first in Northern Virginia accredited by the American College of Radiology, demonstrating the highest level of quality and patient safety.


logo: College of American PathologistsExcellence in Respiratory Care

Inova Alexandria Hospital Respiratory Care Services has earned a two-year accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a national accrediting organization that sets the standard for quality respiratory care. Read Inova Alexandria Hospital's press release about this accreditation.


Logo: Alexandria Chamber of CommerceNon-Profit Chamber Member of the Year

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has named Inova Alexandria Hospital its 2018 Member of the Year. This award recognizes the hospital’s long-time involvement with the Chamber, which includes board representation, committee involvement, partnerships and sponsorships.

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