All Hospitals Earn an “A” for Patient Safety for Fifth Time in a Row

Falls Church, VA – Inova Health System’s five hospitals were nationally recognized with an ‘A’  from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. It is the fifth consecutive grading period in which all of Inova’s hospitals received this national distinction, which recognizes achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a letter grade Leapfrog assigns to all general hospitals in the United States twice a year. The grade is based on a hospital’s performance preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Developed with guidance from leading quality and patient safety experts, the grade analyzes 27 measures of publicly available safety data among 2,600 acute-care hospitals. Methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

The safety grade comes just one week after Inova Alexandria, Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Loudoun hospitals received The Leapfrog Group’s elite 2020 Top Hospitals award, which recognizes the highest quality hospitals in the United States. Recipients must achieve top performance on rigorous safety standards, including infection rates, safe surgery practices, maternity care, and capacity to prevent medication errors. Inova Alexandria, Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Loudoun hospitals are among just 105 facilities nationwide to earn this distinction.

“Being recognized by The Leapfrog Group for the highest safety performance nationally validates Inova’s efforts to provide the best quality care to our patients in the safest environment possible,” says J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO of Inova Health System. “To achieve this recognition anytime is impressive; to earn it in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is extraordinary, and further reassures our community that safety is a priority at Inova.”

“The Leapfrog Group is extremely grateful to hospitals and healthcare workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospital and Safety Grade are a testament to the care and commitment of everyone at Inova whose efforts made this possible.”

To learn more about Inova’s Safety Grade A rating, visit

To see the full list of organizations honored as 2020 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, visit

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About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for healthcare consumers and purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. healthcare. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in healthcare—collecting, analyzing and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making.

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. 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.  All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the Fall 2020 [I1] Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. 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

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