Inova Fairfax Earns National Award for Quality

Falls Church, VA – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, announced in November also from the Leapfrog Group.

“It is an honor to receive this designation as it speaks to the overall quality of service provided across our medical campus,” according to Susan T. Carroll, Acting CEO, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. “This is the result of a sustained effort that engages our staff in continual quality improvement efforts that benefit every patient we serve.”

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Northern Virginia requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit


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About The Leapfrog Group  

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Inova’s flagship location is Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, a 923-bed medical center serving Northern Virginia, the Washington DC metro area and beyond.  Campus facilities include Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Children’s Hospital and Inova Women’s Hospital.  IFMC is also home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and offers organ transplant programs for Heart, Lung, Kidney and Pancreas.

IFMC is an independent academic medical center and serves as a regional medical school campus hosting medical student rotations for VCU and has affiliations with the medical schools at UVA, Georgetown, and GWU.  Our campus is host to a range of graduate medical education programs including both residency programs and fellowships.  In addition to six independent Inova training programs, we also partner with Georgetown, GWU, The National Capital Consortium (military program), VCU, Howard and NIH to provide training in a total of 19 specialty training areas.  We also partner with the nursing schools of George Mason, George Washington, Marymount, Shenandoah, Georgetown, Catholic and Stratford universities as well as Northern Virginia Community College; and the pharmacy schools of Butler, Howard, Notre Dame, Shenandoah, University of Pittsburg, University of Maryland, and the VCU School of Pharmacy.

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