"Straight A's" for Hospital Safety

Leapfrog award sealInova Fair Oaks Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2024, 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.

Inova Fair Oaks is one of only 21 hospitals in the country and one of only four in Virginia to earn 24 consecutive A grades.

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.


acs logoInova is Committed to the Highest-Quality Surgical Care

Inova was the first health system chosen in the U.S. to participate in the American College of Surgeons Quality Verification Program (ACS QVP).

ACS Quality Programs were built for patients to ensure surgeons and care teams provide the highest quality surgical care at hospitals across the country. These programs use the best data, expert input, and tested processes to help surgical care teams deliver the highest quality care. They provide hundreds of detailed standards that consider every aspect of surgical care and help involve patients in the decision-making process across the entire continuum of care.

ACS Quality Programs verify that hospitals are meeting clinical standards developed by the world’s leading experts. That means patients and their families know the care they are receiving at an ACS-verified or accredited hospital is the highest quality. Inova is an ACS Surgical Quality Program Partner by participating in nine ACS Quality Programs.


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The ACS QVP verification is the highest level of commitment a hospital can make to ensure that all patients receive optimal surgical care. It addresses all surgical specialties in the hospital and provides a proven strategy for achieving high quality surgical care and outcomes. QVP-verified hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation process where providers across all departments and at every level demonstrate a coordinated effort to leverage data-driven care to attain high quality outcomes.

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best hospitals badgeU.S. News & World Report: Among the Best in Washington, DC Area

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Inova Fair Oaks Hospital #8 in the Washington, DC metro area, as well as #9 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:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Replacement
  • Kidney Failure
  • Knee Replacement
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Best Hospitals for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)
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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.


150 top places to work in healthcare for 2024

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Inova is proud to be recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 150 top places to work in healthcare for 2024.

This national list recognizes hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that invest in their team member well-being, satisfaction and fulfillment, including benefits, professional development, inclusive work environments and work-life balance.

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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.

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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.

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.

ACS sealAmerican College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

The NAPBC improves all aspects of breast cancer and disease care, including screening, prevention, and early detection, as well as accurate diagnosis, and correct treatments for breast cancer. By setting the highest standards, the NAPBC ensures that breast centers provide the most comprehensive breast care based on scientific evidence about what works best for each and every patient.

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ACS sealAmerican College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer. The CoC promotes cancer prevention, treatment, survival, education, and ensuring comprehensive, coordinated quality cancer care. The CoC also integrates the latest advances in research and technology. 

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Cribs for KidsInova Fair Oaks Hospital was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as Silver level for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep organization. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to SUID and accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

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Joint Commission Gold SealInova Fair Oaks Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation as a spine center of excellence by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. This is a nationally recognized standard of care placing Inova among a select group of hospital nationwide to achieve excellence in spine care. The Inova Spine Program uses advanced and innovative pain management, rehabilitation, and surgical treatments to help get you to your best quality of life.

gold badgeExcellence 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 Elite Plus
  • 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

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.

ACS sealMetabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

MBSAQIP is a comprehensive, nationwide surgical quality program aimed at ensuring the safe and effective performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Surgical outcomes focus on weight loss and the treatment of obesity-related diseases, like diabetes, sleep apnea, and others. Research shows accredited centers experience lower complications, and better outcomes than that of non-accredited facilities. 

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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

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

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.

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

Best Workplaces for Commuters Award

Inova Loudoun Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, and Inova HealthPlex – Franconia-Springfield have been recognized by the Fairfax County and Loudoun County Boards of Supervisors as a 2023 Best Workplace for Commuters. This accomplishment recognizes employers who offer environmentally-friendly commuting programs and choices, such as bike friendly accommodations (secure bike storage), quick access to public transportation, incentives for carpooling (preferred parking), and our pre-tax commuter benefits incentivizing Inova team members to use public transportation.

Practice Greenhealth Award

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All 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.