Inova Fairfax Hospital

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Inova Fairfax Hospital
Inova Health System
Inova Fairfax Hospital - Green Lawn.jpg
Location 3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042, Washington Metropolitan Area, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 38°11′29.5″N 77°13′39.4″W / 38.191528°N 77.227611°W / 38.191528; -77.227611Coordinates: 38°11′29.5″N 77°13′39.4″W / 38.191528°N 77.227611°W / 38.191528; -77.227611
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 927
Founded 1961
Lists Hospitals in Virginia

Inova Fairfax Hospital is the largest hospital in Northern Virginia and the flagship hospital of Inova Health System. Located in Fairfax County, Virginia, Inova Fairfax Hospital is one of the largest employers in the County.[1] With exception to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the Inova campus includes the only heart institute in the region,[citation needed] the 156-bed Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. Northern Virginia’s only Children’s Hospital[citation needed] – largest Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit in the region,[citation needed] dedicated Pediatric intensive care, oncology unit, adolescent unit, cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery center.


Inova Fairfax Hospital (IFH) itself is a 927-bed tertiary care hospital, which houses Northern Virginia's only Level 1 Trauma Center (for treating the most critically injured patients), the nation's fifth busiest obstetrics program (with nearly 12,000 live births in 2006), and is one of only six community hospitals in the nation offering the full spectrum of organ transplantation. It is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide, being named among the top 50 hospitals for gastrointestinal disorders, gynecology, and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.[2]

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, at the age of 71, received a heart transplant Saturday March 24, 2012, at this facility.[3][4]

Inova Fairfax Hospital is also a satellite clinical campus for students from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine and hosts residents from universities such as the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. The hospital also houses the VCU School of Pharmacy’s Inova Campus in which students can complete their third and fourth years of training. IFH has also hosted medical and nursing students from George Washington, Howard, Georgetown, George Mason and Marymount Universities, as well as Northern Virginia Community College.


The following were statistics at the end of the year ending June 30, 2009:

  • Admissions: 54,361
  • Inpatient surgeries: 19,349
  • Outpatient visits: 392,405
  • Emergency room visits: 98,317
  • Births: 11,182
  • Number of beds: 833

Staffing (employed, on payroll)[edit]

  • Physicians and Dentists Full-time: 99
  • Part-time: 34
  • Registered nurses Full-time: 1,992
  • Part-time: 812
  • Licensed practical nurses Full-time: 18
  • Part-time: 3


On about September 29, 2011 it was announced that Inova will outsource and layoff 606 jobs. Environmental Service, Laundry and Teleservices were the departments affected.

On about February 17, 2012 it was announced that Inova will outsource and layoff an unknown number of employees. Safety and Security, Patient Transport and Medical Records were among the departments affected.

Key services[edit]

  • General medical and surgical care
  • General intensive care
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Cardiology department
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Neurology department
  • Pediatric medical and surgical care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopedics department
  • Emergency department
  • Trauma Center
  • Oncology
  • Urological surgery

The following were statistics at the end of the year ending June 30, 2009:

  • Admissions: 54,361
  • Inpatient surgeries: 19,349
  • Outpatient visits: 392,405
  • Emergency room visits: 98,317
  • Births: 11,182
  • Number of beds: 833

Specialized services[edit]

  • Inpatient: Birthing room, End-of-life services (Pain management and Palliative care), Infection isolation room, Neonatal intensive care, Oncology services, Organ transplantation, Psychiatric care (Partial hospitalization and Psychiatric emergency services), Robotic surgery
  • Outpatient: Angioplasty, Bariatric/weight control services, Breast cancer screening/mammograms, Cardiac catheterization laboratory, Certified trauma center, Oncology services, Complementary/alternative medicine, Dental services, Extracorporeal shock lithotripter, Fitness center, Genetic testing/counseling, Geriatric services, HIV-AIDS services, Kidney dialysis, Oncology services, Physical rehabilitation, Psychiatric services, Child/adolescent services, Consultation, Geriatric services, Outpatient care, Radiation therapy, Fertility Clinic, Sports medicine, Substance-abuse programs, Urgent-care center, Women's health center, Wound management services
  • Patient/family support services: Ambulance services, Assistance with government services, Chaplaincy/pastoral care services, Oncology services, Patient support groups, Patient representative/ombusdman, Translation services, nurse navigators in various specialities
  • Community outreach: Health fairs, Health screenings, Meals on wheels
  • Imaging services (diagnostic and therapeutic): CT scanner, Diagnostic radioisotope facility, Gamma Knife, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Multislice spiral computer tomography (MSCT), Positron emission tomography (PET), Single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), Ultrasound
  • Data provided by the American Hospital Association. Last updated June 2009.


  • Best Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
  • Best Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report: 2014 Gynecology Nationally Ranked #19
  • Best Hospitals, Heart and Heart Surgery, U.S. News & World Report: #21 (2007)
  • Magnet Nursing Status: American Nurses Association
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals: 2007-2012 by HealthGrades
  • 50 Best Hospitals in America: February 23, 2011 by Becker's Hospital Review[5]

Inova Fairfax Hospital Awards


  1. ^ MacDonald, Gregg (June 9, 2010). "Inova Health Systems Puts Two Nursing Centers Up For Sale". Fairfax Times. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Inova Fairfax Hospital - Best Hospitals" (HTML). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery". Fox News. March 24, 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dick Cheney receives heart transplant". CBS News. 
  5. ^ Becker's Hospital Review

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