Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital Named Among Best in the Country for Neonatology by U.S. News & World Report

Washington, D.C. – Inova Children’s Hospital, renamed Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital last year, has again been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for Neonatology by U.S. News & World Report. Inova’s neonatology specialty ranked #40 in the country for the 2022-2023 ranking period. The hospital also ranked #3 in the Commonwealth of Virginia and #14 in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 16th year, are designed to assist families and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions.

“Being recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country and the region by U.S. News & World Report signifies the trust our families place in us,” said Steve Narang, MD, President, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus and President, Inova Pediatric Service Line. “This achievement would not be possible without our dedicated multidisciplinary NICU team of physicians, nurses and all our team-members who provide the highest quality, specialized care for the smallest and most fragile infants.”

For 2022-23, U. S. News ranked  the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery and urology. For the second year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings featured expanded offerings that include state rankings and multi-state regional rankings.

“Choosing the right hospital for a sick child is a critical decision for many parents,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.  “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings spotlight hospitals that excel in specialized care.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as health equity and available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2022 and from pediatric physicians and other healthcare organizations as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices, and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among patients and staff in 2022.

RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups. 

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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 Northern Virginia’s tertiary pediatric referral center; home to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Inova L.J. Murphy 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’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.

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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