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Magnet Designation

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is the proud recipient of the prestigious Magnetâ„¢ designation, the highest level of recognition a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence.

The announcement was made on March 17 to a large, jubilant crowd of Inova Fair Oaks nurses and other employees, physicians, volunteers and community supporters.


Watch the excitement surrounding the big announcement at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Magnet designation is conferred by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital joins an elite 5 percent of hospitals nationwide who have received Magnet recognition.

In Virginia, only 15 hospitals are Magnet hospitals, including Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

"Magnet designation is a tremendous achievement for Inova Fair Oaks Hospital," said John Fitzgerald, CEO of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. "It formally recognizes the excellent work our nurses do each day and reflects the commitment of our entire staff to serve as a team, providing the highest-quality care possible for the people of our community."

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews about and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to the communities served by hospitals that are awarded Magnet status.

In addition to providing a proven process for continual improvement, Magnet facilities attract and retain the best and brightest nurses, said Marie M. Dennis, RN, MSN, NEA-BC and Chief Nurse Executive at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. In turn, she said, these nurses provide world-class care, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.