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Awards and Recognition for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women’s Hospital, Inova 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.

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:

  • Nephrology
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • COPD
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Surgery


CMS 5-Star Award


row of starsInova Fairfax Hospital earned five out of five stars for quality by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an independent government agency.
This recognition was earned through a rigorous analysis of 57 patient care standards that we exceed every day. It's Inova's ongoing commitment to personalized medicine that leads to better outcomes for our patients.

National Award for Quality

Highlighting our nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has been named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. 

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.

Beacon Award for Excellence 

beacon award logoThe 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.

The Joint Commission: Gold Seals of Approval

Joint Commission Gold SealJoint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke Care

Certification as a Primary Stroke Center signifies that Inova Fairfax Hospital provides the critical elements necessary to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Joint Commission Gold SealCertified 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.

Healthgrades: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for the third consecutive year in 2019. This means Inova Fairfax performs in the top 5% in the nation for consistently delivering clinical quality.

Healthgrades: America’s 100 Best Hospitals

Healthgrades has also ranked these Inova Fairfax Medical Campus services among the 100 best in the country:

  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Stroke Care (Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care, Gastrointestinal Care, General Surgery, and Pulmonary Care (Inova Fairfax Hospital)

Healthgrades: America’s 50 Best Hospitals

Healthgrades has ranked Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

Healthgrades: 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

As a recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is one of the top in the nation for overall patient experience based on nine measures related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness, noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions.

Healthgrades: Clinical Excellence Awards

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has also received a number of clinical specialities awards including:

  • Cranial Neurosurgery
  • Gastrointestinal Care
  • Neurosciences
  • Pulmonary Care

Heart & Vascular Excellence

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has received the NCDR Action Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award and a 4-star rating (ACC/NCDR Cath/PCI) from the American College of Cardiology, the highest level of performance.

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has received a three-star cardiac ranking by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) – a hard-to-achieve clinical distinction for achievement in Coronoary Artery Bypass Surgery and Aortic Valve Replacement + CABG.

Aetna Institutes of Quality®

aetna logoIn 2018, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute was accredited as an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for consistently delivering evidence based, quality care for cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm 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.

Cancer Care: 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.

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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).

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.

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.

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

AHS Get with the Guidelines logoThe American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have awarded Inova Fairfax Medical Campus the GOLD PLUS award for outstanding specialized stroke treatment. In addition, Inova Fairfax has attained the distinction of Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.
The "Get with the Guidelines" designation indicates that stroke assessment and services at the hospital provide patients with the best chance of survival. Read more about the "Get with the Guidelines" stroke program.

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.

Lung Care

Inova Lung Services is 1 of 18 care centers in the US designated as a specialty care center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well as being a CMS Accredited Lung Transplant Center. Inova Lung Services – Fairfax is also recognized as a specialized treatment center by the Alpha 1 Foundation and WASOG.