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Awards and Recognition for Inova Fair Oaks Hospital


"Straight A's" for Hospital Safety

Leapfrog awardInova Fair Oaks Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2022, marking straight "A's" since 2012. 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 the healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


U.S. News & World Report: Among the Best in Washington, DC Area

silver badgeU.S. News & World Report has again ranked Inova Fair Oaks Hospital #4 in the Washington, DC metro area, as well as #8 in the state of Virginia.

High Performing in clinical and surgical areas

In addition, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital was recognized with high-performing ratings in the following specialties and common adult procedures/conditions:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Gastroenterology & G.I. Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Replacement
  • Kidney Failure
  • Maternity
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

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 also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas so you can find the best hospital near you.


forbes award for womenInova is proud to be the only healthcare system in the Washington, DC region to have been named to the Forbes list of Best Employers for Women 2022. To compile this prestigious roster, roughly 50,000 U.S. based employees were surveyed—more than 30,000 of which were women—at companies with at least 1,000 employees.


100 Top Hospitals signWe Are Among the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals®

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is proud to have again been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals® in the United States by Truven Health Analytics®.  Our 2017 award marks the fourth time Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has been recognized with this honor. 

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind, evaluating clinical and operational performance in 11 key areas of patient safety, expense and care. 

Read the announcement

Excellence in Cancer Care: Guardian of Excellence Award

Guardian of ExcellenceThe Inova Schar team at the Center for Advanced Radiation Oncology at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is pleased to announce it has been named a 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience for the 4th year in a row.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

Learn more about the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Awards

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Stroke Center, Spine Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement and Palliative Care

Joint Commission Gold SealIn 2014, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. This certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission recognizes facilities that make exceptional efforts to meet the unique needs of stroke patients and foster better outcomes for stroke care. Learn more

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® again in 2014 for healthcare quality for two additional programs, Spine Surgery and for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Read more about Inova Fair Oaks Gold Seals of Approval

In 2013, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Palliative Care Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in palliative care. Read the press release

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has also been accredited by The Joint Commission. The purpose of this is to evaluate Inova Fair Oaks Hospital's compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards that relate to quality of care, safety of care and safety in the environment of care.

Excellence in Nursing Care: Magnet

Magnet logoInova Fair Oaks Hospital has been named a Magnet™ organization, one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve for excellence in nursing services.

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.

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; for example, Magnet facilities attract and retain the best and brightest nurses, who provide world-class care, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

Excellence in Pediatric Care

Cribs for KidsInova Fair Oaks Hospital has earned a bronze-level certification from the Cribs for Kids' National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program. The program recognizes hospitals and hospital systems for their commitment to infant safe sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), SIDS, and unsafe sleep injuries.

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Excellence in Surgery

Go Clear Award™ from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

AORN Go Clear AwardInova Fair Oaks Hospital received the Go Clear Award™ for its achievement in eliminating hazardous smoke from its surgical procedures.

The Go Clear Award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to recognize healthcare facilities that have committed to providing increased surgical patient and health care worker safety by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during surgery. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital earned its award by undergoing comprehensive surgical smoke education and testing and for providing the medical devices and resources necessary to evacuate surgical smoke during all smoke-generating procedures.

Excellence in Weight Loss Surgery

MBSAQIP logoInova Fair Oaks Hospital is nationally recognized as an MBSAQIP-accredited comprehensive center 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.

To earn an MBSAQIP accreditation, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes were collected.  Visit our Weight Loss Services website 

100 Great Hospitals in America

trophy and ribbonInova Fair Oaks Hospital has been named one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America" by Becker’s Hospital Review. The hospitals included in this list have proven to be innovators for medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery. Read the press release

Premier Award for Quality

award logoInova Fair Oaks Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2010 Premier Award for Quality. This award recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. Read the press release

Accredited Cancer Center

COC logoInova Fair Oaks Hospital’s cancer center was accredited in 2013 by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards.

Excellence in Stroke Care

Get With The Guidelines award sealExcellence in Stroke Care: Get With the Guidelines®

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized the Inova Stroke Program at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital with two Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus recognitions for excellence in stroke care and treatment:

  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

These recognitions indicate that stroke assessment and services at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital provide patients with the best chance of survival. Learn more

Accredited Breast Care Program

U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award

Senate Productivity and Quality Award logoInova Fair Oaks Hospital has received the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA), a premier award for performance excellence. Our hospital was identified as a model organization for demonstrating excellence and maturity in business approaches, deployment and results. The SPQA performance criteria and core values are adapted from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and are used by many top public and private institutions as a proven business model.

Community Value Five-Star® Award

Premier Healthcare Alliance National Quest Collaborative

QUEST AwardInova Fair Oaks 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

Environmental Excellence

Practice Greenhealth System for Change Award sealAll five of Inova hospitals have once again received the Environmental Excellence Award along with the System for Change Award for our commitment and progress toward environmental stewardship and sustainability. The awards are administered by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. These awards recognize health systems, hospital facilities, health sector suppliers and member organizations for their work on waste minimization, green buildings, alternative transportation, sustainable purchasing and more.