For Immediate Release June 01, 2021

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center was one of only 455 hospitals in the nation—and one of three in the state of Maryland—to earn five out of five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its 2021 Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings report.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for healthcare. CMS assessed more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide, rating their performance in seven key areas: mortality, readmission, safety of care, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. "This designation is especially gratifying because of what it means for our community: access to quality care that is among the best in the nation," says Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Gail P. Cunningham, MD. "Neighbors throughout the Baltimore region can continue to choose UM St. Joseph with confidence that we will deliver leading-edge care and an unrivaled patient experience."

This is the fourth consecutive time that University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has received CMS's highest rating. "This ongoing achievement is a testament to UM St. Joseph's daily and relentless work to provide consistently safe, effective and compassionate care," says Dr. Cunningham. "Our continued focus on these quality measures honors UM St. Joseph's mission of service and supports our patients' health and well-being."

A complete listing of the nation's 5-Star CMS Hospitals is available online. More information about the CMS hospital rating results is available at Hospital Compare.


About UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, UM St. Joseph Medical Center is a 218-bed Catholic, not-for-profit regional medical center in Towson, Maryland, that 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. The medical center's committed focus on zero patient harm, clinical excellence and perfect patient experiences spurred the creation of the hospital's unique approach to care, The UM St. Joseph Value Delivery System, and has consistently earned UM St. Joseph regional and national recognition for patient care and safety, including its ranking as the #1 community hospital in Maryland by U.S. News & World Report. UM St. Joseph is a proud member of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System, dedicated to providing loving service and compassionate, leading-edge care to all. For more information, visit