Award Places Hospital in Top 1 Percent Nationally

Fairfax, VA - (June 9, 2010) — Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2010 Premier Award for Quality (AFQ), which recognizes leading healthcare organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of nation’s leading hospitals for high-quality healthcare,” said John Fitzgerald, CEO, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. “This award recognizes all the hard work of our front-line staff, nurses, physicians and administrators in providing outstanding patient care.”

As a winner, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is among acute-care hospitals attaining the top 1 percent designation with scores in the top two quintiles for quality, efficiency and process of care, as well as having measures for quality and efficiency that are equal to or exceed expected outcomes. There were 3,788 hospitals and 346 healthcare systems that were eligible to receive the AFQ. Inova Fair Oaks is one of just 21 hospital winners and one of three healthcare systems nationwide. The hospital is also the only one in the Washington, DC, region to earn a 2010 AFQ.

For more details on Premier’s selection process for this award, visit premierinc.com/about/news/awards/index.jsp.

2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and more than 67,000 other healthcare sites working together to achieve high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation’s most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare-related purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. www.premierinc.com.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, a 182-bed advanced acute-care community hospital serving the rapidly growing suburbs of Northern Virginia, is part of Inova Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.