Falls Church, VA – Inova Health System today announced it has received a gift to its pediatric program from local pediatrician, Laurence J. Murphy, MD, who has served children and their families in Northern Virginia for more than four decades.
In recognition of Dr. Murphy’s generous gift, Inova will rename the Inova Children’s Hospital building on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. The facility will now be known as the Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital.
As he nears retirement, Dr. Murphy, and his wife Candace, began to think of the legacy they wished to leave for their three daughters and the community he has cared for his entire career.
“Inova has been a part of our family for more than 45 years,” Dr. Murphy said. “I’ve spent many days and nights caring for my patients at Inova. My children were born at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and my wife and I have received superb healthcare there over the years. We have benefitted from our affiliations with Inova during most of our lifetimes, and we are thrilled to be able to give back to my colleagues and the community in such a meaningful way.”
Dr. Murphy is a board-certified pediatrician who has a longtime affiliation with Inova and currently serves as a member of the Inova Children’s Hospital medical staff. After completing his medical training at Georgetown University Medical School in 1977, Dr. Murphy began his residency at Children’s National Medical Center. Upon the completion of his pediatric residency in June of 1980, he entered a pediatric private practice in Burke, VA., and has continued practicing in Burke for the past 41 years. Today, Dr. Murphy continues to see his admitted pediatric patients at both Inova Children’s and Inova Fair Oaks hospitals.
“We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Murphy and his family for this transformational gift to our pediatric program,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO of Inova. “Their generous support will enable Inova to continue to provide our smallest patients with the highest quality specialized care. It will also help us recruit and retain talent, expand our research capabilities, and grow our award-winning child life program.”
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About Inova L.J Murphy Children’s Hospital
Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital is Northern Virginia’s only dedicated children’s hospital, and is located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. The 226-bed, full service children’s hospital offers a complete range of services in more than 40 pediatric subspecialties, including one of the area’s largest heart programs with pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. The hospital serves as the Northern Virginia’s tertiary pediatric referral center; home to its only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Inova Children’s Hospital is part of Inova, Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider that serves more than 2 million people each year in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inova was 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. More information and statistics can be found at inova.org , inovachildrens.org and on Facebook.