Inova Fair Oaks Hospital as Innovator in Safety

FAIRFAX, VA – (May 20, 2013) – To call attention to hospital safety in the United States, AARP The Magazine teamed up with the nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group to highlight the innovative steps some hospitals are taking to protect the health of their patients and to publish a list of America’s Safest Hospitals.  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is featured on this list as one of the nation’s “safety superstars.”  Inova Loudoun Hospital also made the list which included a total of 66 hospitals in the nation with only 5 of those from Virginia.

The April/May 2013 issue, in-homes and online, showcases these “safety superstars.”  From creating patient alerts to implementing electronic medical recordkeeping, AARP The Magazine article, “Lessons From America’s Safest Hospitals,” reveals what these groundbreaking hospitals are doing to prevent mistakes and how patients can properly arm themselves against preventable errors.

“Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is honored to be listed as one of the nation’s Safest Hospitals.  While we appreciate the recognition, our focus remains on daily, relentless efforts to improve our safety and reduce errors,” said Dr. G. Michael Lynch, Chief Medical Officer, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.  “Providing safe and reliable care to every patient we serve is our number one priority.”

Media Contact: Amy Richards at 703-391-3390 or visit www.inova.org/ifoh.

About AARP The Magazine
With nearly 33 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarpmagazine.org.

About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia.  Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit.  Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital.  Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research.  More information about Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is at www.inova.org/ifoh.

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About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.