Thursday, July 15, 2010

Inova Fairfax Hospital Ranked Among the Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report

Source: Inova Health System
July 15, 2010

Hospital Ranked Among Top 25 in Gynecology

Falls Church, VA – Inova Fairfax Hospital has again been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals." The hospital was ranked 24th for gynecology, the seventh straight year the hospital has made the list in that specialty.

"During the past 50 years, Inova Fairfax Hospital has created a women's program that offers a full spectrum of services, from delivering newborns to performing the most advanced surgical procedures," said L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus. "This ranking solidifies Inova’s place as a leader in women's care and we're proud to offer this level of quality care to our community."

"Being ranked among the best in the country is a testament to the care and dedication of our doctors, nurses and staff," said Patricia Schmehl, Administrator, Women's Services, Inova Fairfax Hospital. "We've worked hard to build a program that provides the very best care for women and their families. Whether our patients are facing a serious gynecologic illness or experiencing the joy of a new baby, we’re here to provide help every step of the way."

U.S. News & World Report uses rigorous standards in compiling its list of the nation's best hospitals. Hospitals are ranked by specialty and not by specific procedures. Of the 4,852 hospitals evaluated, only 152 scored high enough to be ranked in at least one specialty.

In 12 of the 16 specialties, U.S. News ranked hospitals on hard data, including death rates, procedure volume, patient safety, and balance of nurses and patients. Hospitals must have seen a specified minimum number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had certain procedures and conditions in a specialty. Or, a hospital could be recommended by physicians in recent U.S. News reputation surveys.

This is the 14th time in the past 15 years that Inova Fairfax Hospital has been ranked among the nation's best hospitals. The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" will be available on newsstands Tuesday, July 27.

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.

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