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Awards and Recognition for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus


Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women’s Hospital, Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital, and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute are consistently ranked among the country's finest hospitals and care providers for excellence and innovation.

Among the Best in the Nation for Neonatology

gold badgeInova L.J. Murphy Children's Hospital, located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, 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.


High Performing in Clinical and Surgical Areas

U.S. News & World Report also has ranked Inova Fairfax Hospital as “High Performing” for the following specialty areas or procedures:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Back Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
  • Cardiology/Heart Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Fracture
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Ovarian Cancer Surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Uterine Cancer Surgery

"Straight A's" for Hospital Safety

Leapfrog awardInova Fairfax Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2022, marking straight "A's" since 2018. 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.


A Record of Nursing Excellence

Magnet Recognized sealInova Fairfax Hospital is proud to have once again been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Best Hospitals for Nurses badgeWe are proud to be named one of the nation’s best hospitals for nurses to work, ranking number 11 of 5,000+ hospitals considered for the NurseJournal 2023 Best Hospitals to Work as a Nurse list. The elite ranking was reviewed by a panel of nurses who assessed data with three specific nursing criteria in mind: career opportunity, benefits and working conditions. Data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital General Information, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program were also considered.

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Excellence in Cancer Care

Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx)

APEx sealThe advanced radiation oncology centers at Inova Schar Cancer Institute are the first facilities in the world to earn the prestigious Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx) accreditation by the American Society for Radiation Oncology in 2015.


Accredited by the American College of Radiology

ACR logoInova Schar Cancer Institute is accredited by the American College of Radiology, demonstrating the highest level of quality and patient safety.


Commission on Cancer: Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program

COC logoInova Fairfax Hospital has been accredited by Commission on Cancer since 1971. 

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.


National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence

National Pancreas Foundation Centers of Excellence sealInova Fairfax Hospital has been nationally recognized as a National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence. This designation distinguishes Inova Fairfax Hospital as an institution providing the best and most innovative multidisciplinary treatment for pancreatic cancer.


Among the Nation's Best in Breast Care

NAPBC LOGOInova 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).


U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Inova Fairfax Medical Campus as "High Performing" for Colon Cancer Surgery and Lung Cancer Surgery.

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.


NCDR Chest Pain - MI RegistryNCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award: IHVI's Inova Fairfax Hospital location has once again received the American College of Cardiology's MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. Inova Fairfax Hospital has earned this highest level of recognition for care of myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients every year since 2014. This award reflects our commitment and success in delivering the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.


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 and Mitral Foundation logoAmerican Heart Association and Mitral Foundation

The 2022 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award recognizes the nation’s best hospitals and surgeons for mitral valve repair surgery based on objective performance measures.


CNOR loogCardiovascular Operating Room Award

The Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) team in the Cardiovascular Operating Room at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has earned the 2022 CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). This is the second year in a row that the team has earned this designation, which 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 a 76 percent certification rate.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Certified Adult Heart and Adult Lung Transplant Programs


Extracorporeal Life Support Organization logoExtracorporeal 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.


Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC):

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Echocardiography (Adult and Pediatric)

20 consecutive years of maintaining accreditation of Echocardiography services.

  • 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 logoSociety 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 morbidity and mortality. 

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)
  • AVR+CABG combined


Best Regional Hospitals badgeU.S. News & World Report (2022-2023)

#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)

Only Level I Trauma Center in Northern Virginia

Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Virginia certified as a Level I 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.


Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has received the Beacon Award (American Association of Critical Care) for excellence in remote care.

Excellence in Neurosciences

Epilepsy Care

The Inova Epilepsy Center at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is accredited and recertified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. It has held a level four accreditation, the highest level available, since 2017.

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Joint Commission Gold SealJoint Commission Spine Center of Excellence Designation

Inova Fairfax Hospital has 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.

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 Fairfax 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 Fairfax Hospital provide patients with the best chance of survival. Learn more

Multiple Sclerosis

Inova's Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center was as a recognized as a Partner in MS Care by the National MS Society. The national award recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate knowledge and expertise in treating people with MS. These providers have a relationship with the National MS Society which helps provide patients with the information, resources and support available to assist them in living their best lives.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Beacon Award for Excellence

The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital has received the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). This award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with strong collaboration between colleagues and leaders. It lauds hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

Excellence in Nursing

Magnet Recognized sealInova Fairfax Hospital is proud to have once again been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Best Hospitals for Nurses badgeWe are proud to be named one of the nation’s best hospitals for nurses to work, ranking number 11 of 5,000+ hospitals considered for the NurseJournal 2023 Best Hospitals to Work as a Nurse list. Join our nursing team


PRISM award logoAwarded to Medicine A unit at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, the PRISM award recognizes exceptional practice in medical-surgical nursing units.

Excellence in Surgery

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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Go Clear Award™ from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

AORN Go Clear AwardInova Fairfax Medical Campus 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 Fairfax Medical Campus 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.

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.