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Inova Health System

Inova Health Care Services
Inova Health System
Formerly called
Fairfax Hospital Association
Not-for-profit corporation
Industry Hospitals and health care services
Founded 1956 in Fairfax County, Virginia
Key people
  • J. Knox Singleton (CEO)
  • Mark S. Stauder (President and COO)
Revenue $2,699 million[1] (2014)
Number of employees
17,396[1] (2014)
Website .orginova

Inova Health System is a Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Inova Health System is a network of hospitals, outpatient services, assisted living and long-term care facilities, and healthcare centers.[2][3]

Hospitals under Inova provide much of the healthcare needs for citizens in Northern Virginia, including the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and Fairfax County and Loudoun County. The flagship hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the nation by HealthGrades[4] and U.S. News & World Report (2009).[5]


In the early 1950's, residents of Fairfax County, Virginia perceived a need for a community hospital, as county residents were forced to travel to Arlington, Alexandria, Washington D.C., or even further to obtain hospital services and care.[6][7] With construction of this facility in mind, the Fairfax County Hospital Commission incorporated the Fairfax Hospital Association (FHA) in February 1956.

Five months after Franklin P. Iams took on the role of administrator in July 1958, construction of the $6 million Fairfax Hospital began in November, and the hospital opened in February 1961.[8][9][10]

In 1976, the Fairfax Hospital Association took over the lease of Commonwealth Doctors Hospital in the City of Fairfax and opened Mount Vernon Hospital in the southeastern portion of the county.[11] The following year, FHA opened an emergency care center, ACCESS (Ambulatory Care Center- Emergency Services System) in Reston.[12]

Following the retirement of Franklin P. Iams, J. Knox Singleton became president of the Fairfax Hospital Association in 1984.[13]

FHA took control of the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Alexandria in August 1985, which was its first venture outside the county.[14]

The $27 million Fair Oaks Hospital opened in June 1987, replacing Commonwealth Doctors Hospital, which was converted into a long-term care center.[15][16]

The Fairfax Hospital Association began operating under the Inova name in 1987, but did not formally take on the Inova name until 1991, when its successor corporation Fairfax Hospital System became Inova Hospitals.

In March 1988, Inova opened the Cameron Glen Care Center nursing home in Reston.[17]

The nearly 125-year-old Alexandria Hospital decided to merge with Inova in July 1996.[18]

Inova opened the Inova HealthPlex, an ambulatory care center, in the Franconia/Springfield area in April 2001.[19]

In 2003, Inova laid off 113 of its 14,000 employees and considered moving Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in an attempt to cut costs.[20]

In October 2004, Inova merged with Loudoun Healthcare, adding the Loudoun Hospital Center to its portfolio of hospitals.[21]

Mark S. Stauder became the chief operating officer of Inova Health Sytems in September 2006.[22]

Inova in June 2008 dropped its plans to merge with Prince William Health System, which ran the Prince William Hospital, following a legal challenge by the Federal Trade Commission.[23] Prince William Health System instead merged with North Carolina-based Novant Health the following year.[24]

In June 2010, Inova announced its intent to sell both the Cameron Glen Care Center and Commonwealth Care Center nursing homes.[25] Both facilities were sold to Northern Virginia Health Investors, a joint venture of Commonwealth Care of Roanoke and Smith/Packett Med-Com, which operated the facilities for a few years before building new ones in Sterling and Oakton.[26]

Inova opened its second HealthPlex in the Lorton area in March 2013.[27]

For a few years previous, health care provider Kaiser Permanente had been moving away from referring its subscribers to Inova facilities, instead fostering relationships with Reston Hospital Center in western Fairfax County and Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.[28]

Inova joined with Aetna to form a jointly owned health insurance company, Innovation Health Plans, in 2012.[29]

In 2013, Inova and Keiser completely broke ties, with the result that Kaiser members would now have to pay higher out-of-network rates for care at Inova hospitals and health care facilities.[30][31]

After several years of planning to expand into the field of genomic medicine, Inova announced in February 2015 that it had signed a 99-year lease with an option to buy for ExxonMobil's 117-acre campus in Merrifield, intending to use the property as the site for the Inova Center for Personalized Health, a facility to provide research, education and patient treatment through therapies tailored to the individual patient based on their genetics.[32][33]


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  20. ^ Smith, Leef (2003-07-01). "Inova Cuts 113 Staffers, Reduces Work Hours". The Washington Post (in en-US).  
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  29. ^ Fischer, Ben (21 June 2012). "Inova, Aetna to form insurance joint venture". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  30. ^ Fischer, Ben (24 September 2013). "Inova, Kaiser Permanente to cut ties". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  31. ^ Halzack, Sarah (24 September 2013). "Inova ends contract with Kaiser Permanente". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  32. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel J. (9 February 2015). "Inova to lease Exxon Mobil campus to boost personalized medicine effort". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  33. ^ Loughran, Tim (30 April 2015). "A breakthrough for Inova?". Virginia Business. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Innovation Health - Joint insurance venture between Inova Health Systems and Aetna
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