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Awards & Recognition for Inova Fairfax Hospital

Inova Fairfax Hospital is consistently ranked among the country's finest hospitals for excellence and innovation.

U.S. News & World Report: #1 in DC three times running

For the third year in a row, Inova Fairfax Hospital has been ranked the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC, metro area. The rankings, now in their 25th year, cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country.

logo: U.S. News badgelogo: U.S. News badgelogo: U.S. News badge Inova Fairfax Hospital is also ranked #2 in the state of Virginia, and has achieved national ranking in the specialties of gynecology and neonatology.
We are ranked as High Performing in the following specialties: cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. Learn more arrow


gold sealCertified for two cardiac specialties

The Joint Commission awarded Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital the Gold Seal of Approval™ for treatment of heart failure and for myocardial infarction, also known as heart attack. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital is one of just two hospitals in the DC metro area to receive these two distinctions.

gold sealJoint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care and joint 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. Earning the Gold Seal of Approval™ for joint care recognizes our orthopedic excellence. 

gold sealCertified ventricular assisted device (VAD) program

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

logo: 100 Great Hospitals in America100 Great Hospitals in America

Inova Fairfax Hospital has been named to the Becker's Hospital Review list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. All the hospitals on this list have demonstrated a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform. Becker's develops the list based on research, nominations and reputable hospital ranking sources. In 2011, Inova Fairfax Hospital was also named to the Becker's list of 50 Best Hospitals in America.

logo: magnet designation for nursing excellenceRecipient of four Magnet designations for nursing excellence

Inova Fairfax Hospital was the first in the Washington, DC, metro area to achieve Magnet status for outstanding nursing leadership and care and among only a handful of hospitals nationwide to achieve four recertifications (most recently in 2011). The Magnet Recognition Program® is the highest honor awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is accepted throughout the country as the gold standard for nursing excellence.

accreditation sealAccredited by the American College of Radiology

The Inova Cancer Center – Fairfax 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). Read the press release about our accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award

Inova Fairfax Hospital earned its second American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC) Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. One of only 90 accredited cancer programs in the country to receive this honor, Inova Fairfax Hospital is recognized for its excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Read more about our Outstanding Achievement Award from COC.

Get With the Guidelines stroke award - Gold Plus 2014 Gold Plus Award for Stroke Care - American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines" Program

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have again awarded Inova Fairfax Hospital the Gold Plus Award for outstanding specialized stroke treatment, in addition to being named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. 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.

2011 Community Value 5-Star Award logoCommunity Value Five-Star® award

Based on the Cleverley and Associates Community Value Index® score, this hospital has ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation in terms of the value we provide to the community.

logo: Top Performing HospitalsPremier Healthcare Alliance national Quest collaborative

Inova Fairfax Hospital was named a 2011 Top Performing Hospital in the Premier Healthcare Alliance's national Quest collaborative. Culminating a voluntary 3-year QUEST program, Inova participated in the exercise out of a commitment to patient best interests and a dedication to reducing preventable harm and readmission. Read the press release.

Designated as a level I trauma center

Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Virginia certified as a level 1 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.

Other quality rankings for Inova Fairfax Hospital include:

  • National Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by American Association of Critical Care – Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • The only heart transplant program in Northern Virginia certified by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Three-star cardiac ranking by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) – a hard-to-achieve clinical distinction