WASHINGTON,-DC_4specWashington DC – July 15, 2014 – Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in the DC Metro Area and Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, rising the ranks this year as #9 in the Washington, DC, metro area and #14 in the state. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report again for the hard work and dedication by the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital physicians and staff. Our improvement in rankings underscores the efforts of our staff to make Fair Oaks one of the leading hospitals in the DC Metro area.” says John Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. “This distinction only further encourages us to continue providing the best quality care for our patients.”

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital also earned high-performing rankings in four specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics and Nephrology.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings

The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

All five of Inova’s hospitals were recognized again this year in the top 15 best hospitals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, and top 20 in Virginia. To learn more about Inova Fair Oaks Hospital visit www.inova.org/ifoh.

Media Contact: Amy Richards, 703-391-3390, amy.richards@inova.org

About Inova

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.

Inova is a global leader in developing and applying personalized health. Connecting researchers, clinicians and empowered consumers, we integrate genomic research for patient care, prevention and wellness. Our personalized health approach enables individuals to live longer, healthier lives.

More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.