For Immediate Release July 29, 2019

Washington, D.C., July 30, 2019  –  University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. For the second year in a row, U.S. News named the medical center #3 in both the state and the Baltimore Metro area, making UM St. Joseph the highest-ranking community hospital in Maryland.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. UM St. Joseph Medical Center was awarded a rating of “High Performing” in these categories: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Lung Cancer Surgery.

UM St. Joseph was one of only 57 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Maryland to receive this rating in all nine categories.

“This recognition is an affirmation of our ongoing commitment to provide exceptional, compassionate and leading-edge health care in a community-based setting,” says Thomas B. Smyth, MD, UM St Joseph president and CEO. “Each day, our team of more than 2,400 staff members demonstrates an uncompromising dedication to patient safety and an unwavering drive to deliver exceptional patient experiences. This defining passion—our calling—enables us to offer innovative, high-quality treatment that is firmly rooted in our tradition of loving service and compassionate care.”

“The residents of Baltimore County are extraordinarily fortunate to have a world-class medical facility located right in the heart of Towson,” says Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “The commitment of the staff at UM St. Joseph Medical Center is evident as they receive this honor again. It speaks to the volume of professional services delivered every day for people seeking access to improved health and wellness.”

to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

“We are humbled to be recognized again this year as among the best in Maryland and in the nation,” says Dr. Smyth. “We are most proud of this accomplishment because of what it means for our patients: excellent outcomes, improved health and wellness, and greater access to the very best care.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. For more information about hospital rankings, visit Best Hospitals.


About UM St. Joseph Medical Center
UM St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC), founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is a 218-bed Catholic, not-for-profit regional medical center in Towson, Maryland. A member of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System, UM SJMC is located in suburban Baltimore County, and offers 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. Our mission: To provide loving service and compassionate, leading-edge care to all. For more information, visit

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