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Awards & Recognition for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women’s Hospital, Inova Children’s Hospital, and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute are consistently ranked among the country's finest hospitals and care providers for excellence and innovation.

U.S. News & World Report

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

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

Nationally Ranked in Gynecologic Care

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

High Performing in clinical and surgical areas

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

  • Nephrology
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • COPD
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

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.

CMS 5-Star Award

five gold starsInova Fairfax Hospital earned five out of five stars for quality by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an independent government agency.
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.

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

In May 2019, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was again awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade, marking straight "A's" for two years running. 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.

National Award for Quality

Top Hospital badgeHighlighting our nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has been named a Top Teaching 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.

The Joint Commission: Gold Seals of Approval

gold sealJoint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care

Certification as a Primary Stroke Center signifies that Inova Fairfax Hospital provides the critical elements necessary to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

gold sealCertified ventricular assisted device (VAD) program

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is the only hospital in the Northern Virginia area with a ventricular assisted device (VAD) program certified by The Joint Commission.


Healthgrades: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for the third consecutive year in 2019. This means Inova Fairfax performs in the top 5% in the nation for consistently delivering clinical quality.

America’s 100 Best Hospitals

Healthgrades has also ranked these Inova Fairfax Medical Campus services among the 100 best in the country:

  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Stroke Care (Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care, Gastrointestinal Care, General Surgery, and Pulmonary Care (Inova Fairfax Hospital)
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals

    Healthgrades has ranked Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

    2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

    As a recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is one of the top in the nation for overall patient experience based on nine measures related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness, noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions.

    America’s 100 Best Hospitals

    Healthgrades has ranked these Inova Fairfax Medical Campus services among the 100 best in the country:

    • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
    • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care, Stroke and General Surgery

    America’s 50 Best Hospitals

    Healthgrades has ranked Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

    Clinical Excellence Awards

    Inova Fairfax Medical Campus also received a number of clinical specialities awards including:

    • Cranial Neurosurgery
    • Gastrointestinal Care
    • Neurosciences
    • Pulmonary Care

    Heart & Vascular Excellence

    Beacon Award logoInova Heart and Vascular Institute has received the NCDR Action Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award and a 4-star rating (ACC/NCDR Cath/PCI) from the American College of Cardiology, the highest level of performance.

    Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has received a three-star cardiac ranking by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) – a hard-to-achieve clinical distinction for achievement in Coronoary Artery Bypass Surgery and Aortic Valve Replacement + CABG.

    The Progressive Coronary Care Unit (PCCU) of Inova Fairfax Hospital has received the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).This award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.

    Aetna Institutes of Quality®

    official seal: Aetna institutes of qualityIn 2018, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute was accredited as an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for consistently delivering evidence based, quality care for cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm and cardiac surgery.

    The Aetna Institutes of Quality (IOQ) network was developed to help patients and their doctors simplify their provider selections. Their accreditation is based on the quality factors of experience, standards, support, and efficiency. Aetna IOQ facilities have been specifically selected for meeting (and surpassing) all of these criteria.

    accreditation sealCancer Care: Accredited by the American College of Radiology

    Inova Schar Cancer Institute is accredited by the American College of Radiology, demonstrating the highest level of quality and patient safety.

    logo: NAPBCAmong the nation's best in breast care

    Inova Breast Care Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital was the first Inova hospital to receive a prestigious three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and one of the very first in the DC metro area to be recognized (all five Inova hospitals are now accredited).

    logo: commission on cancerAcademic Comprehensive Cancer Program

    Inova Fairfax Hospital has been accredited by Commission on Cancer since 1971.

    The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

    Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx)

    APEX logoThe advanced radiation oncology centers at Inova Schar Cancer Institute are the first facilities in the world to earn the prestigious Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx) accreditation by the American Society for Radiation Oncology in 2015.

    Gold Plus Award for stroke care – American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines" Program

    Badge for Get with the Guidelines gold plus certificationThe American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have awarded Inova Fairfax Medical Campus the GOLD PLUS award for outstanding specialized stroke treatment. In addition, Inova Fairfax has attained the distinction of Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.
    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.

    Only Level I Trauma Center in Northern Virginia

    Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Virginia certified as a Level I trauma center, with the recognized expertise to care for the most traumatic, life-threatening injuries. Inova Fairfax Hospital Emergency Department receives about 88,000 patients each year.


    Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has received the Beacon Award (American Association of Critical Care) for excellence in remote care.

    Lung Care

    Inova Lung Services is 1 of 18 care centers in the US designated as a specialty care center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as being a CMS Accredited Lung Transplant Center. Inova Lung Services – Fairfax is also recognized as a specialized treatment center by the Alpha 1 Foundation and WASOG.

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