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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:

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

An "A" for Patient Safety

A grade for safety awardIn May 2020, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was again awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade, marking straight "A's" for over two years running. 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 health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Fortune/IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals

Watson Health 100 top hospitals awardInova 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. Read More

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.

Excellence in Stroke Care

Get with the Guidelines Stroke badgeThe American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have recognized Inova Fairfax Hospital 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.

These "Get with the Guidelines" awards indicate that stroke assessment and services at Inova Fairfax 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.

In September 2014, Inova's Pulmonary Hypertension Program was among the first six programs in the country to be accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) as a Comprehensive Care Center for Pulmonary Hypertension (CCC). Inova Fairfax served as the first pilot site to receive a site visit from PHA reviewers. The site visit was part of a nationwide accreditation effort by PHA to identify programs that provide the highest levels of expertise to effectively treat and manage pulmonary hypertension. In 2019, the program was re-accreditation by PHA as CCC – the only program in the Greater Washington DC area with this designation. This national designation identifies Inova Fairfax Hospital as one of the nation's premier care providers for PH patients.

Learn more about what it means to be a PH Care Center

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.

Learn more about the Inova Epilepsy Center