American College of Cardiology acknowledges health systems for their commitment to quality care for heart patients

Falls Church, VA, 2020 –  Inova has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report as one of the top health systems in the U.S. for providing top quality care to heart patients in 2020. Inova is one of only 72 health systems nationwide to be included.

The U.S. News & World Report issue recognizes Inova’s commitment to drive preeminent hospital care for heart patients. Through participation in the ACC’s NCDR and/or Accreditation programs, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute  informs its robust quality improvement processes using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart patients across all five of its hospital locations.

ACC’s NCDR is cardiology’s most established, comprehensive registry offering, consisting of eight hospital-based registries and two outpatient registries. Participants are committed to ensuring evidence-based cardiovascular care, improving patients’ outcomes and lowering health care costs. ACC Accreditation Services provides hospitals with practical resources and support to minimize gaps in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Facilities achieving an ACC accreditation are committed to establishing a method for sustainable quality improvement.

“As an ACC quality programs participant, Inova Heart & Vascular Institute has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with cardiovascular disease,” said ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. Inova has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations. The ACC is proud to include IHVI as one of the Best Hospitals of 2020.”

“It is an honor to be recognized in this manner from the ACC. We value the ACC resources that provide us the ability to benchmark our patient outcomes and other measures of performance and provide an outlet for national and international expertise in evidence-based approaches to continuously inform our systems of care,” said Christopher O’Connor, MD and President of the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.  “Excellence is something we strive for in every patient interaction at every site of care.”

About Inova Heart and Vascular Institute

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s clinical capabilities cover the full spectrum of complex cardiovascular and pulmonary care from medical evaluation and diagnostic testing through the most innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques and complex open surgeries, including heart and lung transplantation.

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC), located just outside of Washington DC in Falls Church, VA, is home to IHVI’s dedicated heart hospital which serves as the hub of the system’s cardiac, vascular and cardio-pulmonary services.

A range of IHVI services are available on-site at all five Inova hospitals as well as through a large network of outpatient physician practices staffed by Inova cardiologists, electrophysiologists, pulmonologists, and subspecialized surgeons and through noninvasive vascular and cardiac diagnostic imaging locations.

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Media Contact: Tracy Connell,, 703-289-2087

About Inova

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit

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