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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.

U.S. News & World Report

best regional hospital 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. In addition, Inova Fairfax has also been ranked #1 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital ranked #4 in DC and #10 in Virginia, and Inova Alexandria and Inova Loudoun Hospitals tied at #7 in DC and #13 in the state.

In addition to overall best hospital rankings, all five Inova hospitals received recognition for high-performance in several specialties and common adult procedures and conditions. These rankings are a result of U.S. News evaluating more than 4,750 medical centers across the country.

 

gold badgeAmong the Best in the Nation for Neonatology

Inova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital has been named one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the United States for neonatology care by U.S. News and World Report.

The U.S. News team generates annual hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals. Being nationally ranked in a specialty means that a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.

 

best in gynecology badgeNationally Ranked in Gynecologic Care

Inova Fairfax Hospital has been ranked #6 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 + Three "Top Hospital" Awards

Leapfrog safety grade badgeAll 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.

 

Leapfrog top hospital badgeIn addition, three Inova hospitals have been named a Top General Hospital for the 2020 award year. 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.

CMS Rated Hospitals

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital have once again received 5-star ratings from the 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating. Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Alexandria also received impressive 4-star ratings from the federal agency. Inova is still the only hospital system in the Washington, DC region with 5-star rated hospitals from CMS and is the highest ranked system in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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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Excellence in Nursing

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Status

magnet statusThree Inova hospitals – Inova Fairfax, Inova Loudoun and Inova Fair Oaks - have all been designated as Magnet® facilities by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet status is considered the highest organizational honor awarded for nursing excellence. In addition to receiving its Magnet designation, Inova Fairfax Hospital was singled out by ANCC with an "exemplar" for its Merit Rounding program that has been a central part of its care for COVID-19 patients. Exemplars are nationally recognized best practice models.

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Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospitals Award® 2020

Fortune/IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals

watson health logoInova Fairfax Medical Campus was named by Fortune/IBM Watson Health as one the nation's highest performing hospitals. The 100 Top Hospitals award recognizes hospitals that have clearly demonstrated excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health.

Inova Fairfax is ranked in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals and this year marks the ninth time IFMC has been recognized as a Watson Health Top 100 Hospital. The list is determined based on a rigorous evaluation comparing over 2,600 hospitals across the US using independent and objective research.

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Excellence in Heart and Vascular Care

American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the most trusted source for outcomes-based quality metrics related to the care of cardiac patients.

ACC sealProven Quality Program: Inova is recognized as one of the top health systems in the U.S. for providing top quality care to heart patients. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is one of only 87 health systems nationwide to receive this designation.

 

Blue sealNCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award: Every year since 2014, Inova has earned the highest level of performance for the care of high-risk Chest Pain – Myocardial Infarction patients. In 2021 three Inova Hospitals – Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Inova Loudoun Hospital – earned this distinction.

NCDR 4-Star Rating – ACC/NCDR Cath PCI Registry: Every year since 2014, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has earned a 4-star rating, the highest level of performance on quality measures for patients undergoing cardiac catheterization and percutaneous cardiac interventions.

 

aetna logoAetna Institutes of Quality® – Cardiac Care

Each year since 2018, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has been accredited as an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for consistently delivering evidence based, quality care for cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm care, 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.

 

AACVPR sealAmerican Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab (AACVPR)

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute's comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital are certified for adherence to rigorous national standards and guidelines.

 

beacon award logoAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Beacon Award for Excellence

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.

 

American Heart Association: Mission Lifeline recognition for outstanding performance in treating heart attacks  

AHA Mission Lifeline awards
 

Gold Plus Receiving (STEMI) – for both Inova Fairfax and Inova Alexandria Hospitals

Gold NSTEMI – Inova Alexandria Hospital

Silver NSTEMI – Inova Loudoun Hospital 

 

mitral valve repair award sealAmerican Heart Association and Mitral Foundation

The 2021 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award recognizes the nation’s best hospitals and surgeons for mitral valve repair surgery based on objective performance measures.

 

CVOR Strong award logoCardiovascular Operating Room Award

The Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) team in the Cardiovascular Operating Room at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has earned the 2020 CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). This achievement represents a commitment to perioperative excellence and outstanding patient care. Certification demonstrates that nurses have validated their mastery of perioperative practice. Research correlates certification with improved patient outcomes. The award is given to operating room departments that have achieved 50 percent or higher certification of eligible perioperative nursing staff; the IHVI CVOR team has achieved an 81 percent certification rate.

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Certified Adult Heart and Adult Lung Transplant Programs

 

gold sealExtracorporeal Life Support Organization

Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support: The Cardiac, Critical Care and Lung Services teams at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus have been designated a Gold Level Center of Excellence. This award recognizes the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction and quality.

 

Healthgrades 2020

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus:

  • America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™
  • Critical Care Excellence Award™
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™

Inova Alexandria Hospital:

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care Award™
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital:

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care Award™
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Inova Loudoun Hospital:

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals™
  • Critical Care Excellence Award™
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital: 

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

 

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC):

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  • Echocardiography (both Adult and Pediatric)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology – Testing and Ablation, Device Implantation, Chronic Lead Extraction
  • Nuclear/PET – Nuclear cardiology: RMPI
  • Vascular Testing – Peripheral Arterial Testing, Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing; Peripheral Venous Testing
 

gold sealThe Joint Commission: Certified 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.

 

Society of Thoracic Surgeons: 3-Star Ratings

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a national leader in health care transparency and accountability showcasing the quality of surgical outcomes. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has earned the top rating – 3 stars – in four out of five possible categories for patient care and outcomes in its cardiothoracic surgery program. Only 10-13 percent of all U.S. hospitals receive a three-star rating in any category. The three-star-ratings, which IHVI has received for multiple years, reflect avoidance of mobidity and mortality. 

  • Coronary Artery Bypass (CAB)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Replacement + CAB
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement + CAB

 

U.S. News badgeU.S. News & World Report (2021-2022)

#1 in both the Washington, DC Metro Region and all of Virginia.

 

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus - Ranked "High Performing" in:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Inova Alexandria Hospital: Ranked "High Performing" in Heart Failure

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital: Ranked "High Performing" in Heart Failure

Inova Loudoun Hospital: Ranked "High Performing" in Heart Failure

Joint Commission Accreditation

Gold Seals of ApprovalAll Inova hospitals are fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Additionally across the system, Inova hospitals hold 20 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)

Stroke Certifications by The Joint Commission:

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital – Thrombectomy-Capable
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital – Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
  • Inova Loudoun ER - Ashburn HealthPlex – Acute Stroke Ready Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun ER - Leesburg – Acute Stroke Ready 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 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

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)

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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 Neurosciences

Excellence in Stroke Care – Get With the Guidelines

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.

 

U.S. News neurology excellence badgeExcellence in Neurology and Neurosurgery – U.S. News & World Report

Inova Loudoun’s department of Neurology and Neurosciences has been ranked among the top 50 in the nation at #41 by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named a High Performing hospital in the disciplines of Neurology/Neurosurgery.

Excellence in Pharmacy Care

Excellence in Surgical Care

acs csv award badgeInova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital is a Level 1 Verified Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program (ACS CSV).

The ACS CSV program is based on other nationally recognized ACS quality improvement programs that have measurably improved surgical quality and outcomes. Verified centers must meet criteria outlined in the standards document, Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care, which ensure that pediatric surgical patients receive optimal care under a multidisciplinary program with quality improvement and safety processes, data collection and appropriate resources at the hospital.

Level I centers have specialty trained children's surgeons in every discipline, with pediatric anesthesiologists and dedicated operating rooms for children available 24 hours a day. They also train future leaders in education and research and participate in community outreach.

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