Excellence in Surgery

Third-party recognition and accreditations play a crucial role in recognizing excellence, driving quality improvement, instilling patient confidence, benchmarking industry standards, attracting talent, and facilitating effective marketing and public relations. They contribute to the overall advancement and positive development of the healthcare sector.

These acknowledgements allow us to not only benchmark our performance against others but ensure that we are providing the best care to our neighbors in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, metro community.

Inova is an ACS Surgical Quality Program Partner by participating in nine ACS Quality Programs

ACS Quality Programs certify quality care for you and your family and improve hospital-wide care and care provided at specialty surgical practices.

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Quality Verification Program (QVP)

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.

Offered at: all five Inova hospitals, which are Focused verified

Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)

The CSV program ensures that every verified hospital meets needs of pediatric patients. This specialized care provides improved outcomes, improved safety protocols, and a standardized quality of care across the many crucial facets of children’s surgery. The Children’s programs are seen nationwide as having improved the quality and outcomes in children undergoing surgery.

Offered at: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Commission on Cancer (CoC)

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.

Offered at: Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital

Metabolic 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.

Offered at: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

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.

Offered at: Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital

NSQIP Pediatric

NSQIP Pediatric is the first and only international database measuring performance outcomes across multiple specialties of children’s surgery. The program provides efficient and equitable care and shortens time in the hospital. This allows hospitals to track their performance with the most accurate data available, compare with other leading hospitals, and achieve the highest quality of care for children undergoing surgical operations.

Offered at: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)

NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. Participating hospitals collect data that provides in-depth analysis, helping surgical teams better understand and tailor care to patient needs. Hospitals participating in this program have been shown to reduce preventable surgical problems to achieve higher quality.

Offered at: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Trauma Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC)

The ACS Trauma Verification program sets the standard for the care of injured patients in trauma centers. These standards ensure that the center has the right expertise and is immediately prepared to provide the highest quality of emergency trauma care. These standards are so rigorous that many states use them to designate trauma centers in their region and ACS-verified trauma centers have lower patient mortality rates than non-verified centers.

Offered at: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)

ACS TQIP elevates the quality of care for trauma patients using risk-adjusted benchmarking to provide hospitals with accurate national comparisons.

Offered at: Inova Fairfax Medical Campus and Inova Loudoun Hospital

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#1 Overall in the Washington, DC Metro Area

U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Inova Fairfax Hospital #1 in the Washington, DC metro area. In addition, Inova Fairfax has also been ranked #1 in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the third year in a row.

Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital tied for the rank of #8 in the DC metro area, and #9 in the state of Virginia.

In addition to overall best hospital rankings, all five Inova hospitals received recognition as high performing in several specialties and common adult procedures and conditions. These rankings are a result of U.S. News evaluating nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country.

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 ranked nationally in specialties from cancer to urology and rated in common procedures and conditions, such as heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement and COPD. Hospitals are also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas so you can find the best hospital near you.

Leapfrog award sealLeapfrog: "Straight A's" in Safety + Three "Top Hospital" Awards

All five Inova hospitals have again been awarded a grade of "A" for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that aims to improve 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 approximately 2,700 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


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Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital have once again received 5-star ratings from the 2022 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating. Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Alexandria also received impressive 4-star ratings from the federal agency. Inova is the only hospital system in the Washington, DC region with 5-star rated hospitals from CMS and is the highest ranked system in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CMS, the top health agency of the federal government, created the Five-Star Quality Rating System as an evidence-based evaluation reflecting a hospital's standard of care. The rating system is based on quality measurements that have real meaning for patient health and well-being, including safety, timeliness and effectiveness of care.


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All Inova hospitals are fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Additionally, across the system, Inova hospitals hold 20 Joint Commission disease-specific certifications. This means Inova meets the highest standards for healthcare performance, quality and safety.

The purpose of The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's survey and accreditation process is to evaluate facilities' compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards that relate to quality and safety of care. The Joint Commission is one of the nation's most respected accrediting agencies. Achieving The Joint Commission's demanding standards ensures that our performance and improvement is held to the highest standards nationwide.

By meeting The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's national standards for healthcare quality and safety, Inova hospitals have received multiple Gold Seals of Approval®.

award sealWebMD Patient Choice Award for Excellence in Colorectal Surgery

Inova has been recognized as a recipient of the 2023-2024 WebMD Patient Choice Award for excellence in Colorectal Surgery in the Washington Metro area. This award is significant, as this is the only health system recognition program based solely on the preferences of patients and providers at a local level. The WebMD Choice Awards identify best-in-class health systems for five specialties and 44 treatments/procedures, in 28 markets and 112 subregions. Health systems that rank in the top 30% of patient preferences receive the WebMD Patient Choice Award.

Excellence in Cancer Care

Pancreas Centers of Excellence sealNational Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence

Inova 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.

Excellence in Heart and Vascular Care

TrueNorth award seal2023 Winner of the TrueNorth Award

The TrueNorth Award recognizes facilities that use certification as a “true north,” guiding their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety. Facilities who earn the TrueNorth Award exhibit the highest standards in perioperative certification excellence.

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Go Clear Award sealGo Clear Award™ from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

All five Inova hospitals received the Go Clear Award™ for eliminating hazardous smoke from 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 hospitals 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.


ANCC magnet sealAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Status

Four Inova hospitals – Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital – have all been designated as Magnet® facilities by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Inova Alexandria Hospital is on the Magnet journey and is a designated Pathways to Excellence facility.

In addition to receiving its Magnet designation, Inova Fairfax Hospital was singled out by ANCC with an "exemplar" for its Merit Rounding program that has been a central part of its care for COVID-19 patients.


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We 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.

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PRISM Award sealAcademy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Prism Award

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

Excellence in Weight Loss Surgery

MBSAQIP Accredited Center sealExcellence in Weight Loss Surgery

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence 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.

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