For Immediate Release November 06, 2018

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University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, a large improvement from receiving a 'B' in the spring. The designation recognizes UM St. Joseph Medical Center's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

"As guided by our True North and our mission of loving service and compassionate care, providing exceptional, safe, quality care to our community is what makes UM St. Joseph Medical Center such a special place," says Dr. Thomas B. Smyth, MD, President and CEO. "It is because of the hard work and dedication of our talented employees that UM SJMC has been awarded this safety grade."

"Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like UM St. Joseph Medical Center that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors."

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

UM St. Joseph Medical Center was one of 855 acute care hospitals across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see UM St. Joseph Medical Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About UM St. Joseph Medical Center

UM St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC), which was founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is a 218-bed nonprofit, regional medical center in Towson, Maryland and a member of the 14-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. Located in a suburban community in Baltimore County, UM SJMC has a rich history of providing loving service and compassionate care. Its Catholic heritage ever-present, the medical center today boasts a wide range of superb clinical programs and centers of excellence, including the Cancer, Heart and Orthopaedic Institutes, Women and Children's services and Emergency Medicine. For more information visit