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Inova Awards and Recognition

All Five Inova Hospitals Earn Highest CMS Five-Star Quality Rating

Third-party recognition and accreditations are important to Inova. These 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.

CMS 5-Star Awards

5-star logoAll five of Inova Health System’s hospitals have been rated with 5 out of 5 stars in the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System report. Inova is the only health system in the country comprised of more than 3 hospitals where all are 5-star rated.

CMS, the top health agency of the federal government, created the Five-Star Quality Rating System as an evidence-based evaluation reflecting a hospital’s standard of care. The rating system is based on quality measurements that have real meaning for patient health and well-being, including safety, timeliness and effectiveness of care.

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U.S. News & World Report

silver badge#1 Overall 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 this year.)

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


gold badgeNationally Ranked in Gynecologic Care

Inova Fairfax Hospital has been ranked #9 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 the U.S. News "Best Hospitals" Rankings

The U.S. News Best Hospitals analysis reviews hospitals' performance in adult and pediatric clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on several factors, including medical outcomes such as survival, patient experience, nurse staffing and more. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties from cancer to urology and rated in common procedures and conditions, such as heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement and COPD. Hospitals are also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas so you can find the best hospital near you.

Leapfrog: "Straight A's" in Safety + Two "Top Hospital" Awards

A grade awardAll five Inova hospitals have again 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.

In addition, Inova Fairfax Hospital has been named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Inova Alexandria Hospital has been named a Top General Hospital. The Top Hospital Awards are based upon the highest performance standards for quality and patient safety, and only 120 hospitals nationwide are recognized with this distinction.

Joint Commission Accreditation

Gold Seals of ApprovalAll 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.

The 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 Award for Stroke Care – American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines" Program

Get with the GuidelinesThe American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have awarded Inova hospitals multiple times with the Gold Plus Award 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.

Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital have all been recipients of the award.

Read more about the "Get with the Guidelines" stroke program

Excellence in Weight Loss Surgery

Center for Excellence award

Inova 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.

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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

NAPBC logo

The 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:

Commission on Cancer: Outstanding Achievement Award

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

Commission on CancerThe 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

Beacon Award

Presented 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

Virginia Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll

Antibiotic Awareness sealThe Virginia Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Group awarded Inova Health System with Gold Status for excellence in implementation of the CDC Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship. 

Certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society logo

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.

Excellence in Pharmacy Care

Excellence in Stroke Care

Get with the Guidelines Stroke badgeThe American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have recognized all five Inova hospitals for achieving "Get with the Guidelines"-Stroke GOLD PLUS, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll designations for excellence in stroke treatment. Inova Alexandria Hospital also received recognition for Advanced Therapy.

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