For Immediate Release May 10, 2022

Towson-based Hospital and Member of University of Maryland Medical System Earns National Top Safety Grade for the Sixth Time

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM St. Joseph) has once again been awarded an 'A' grade in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group. This latest designation, earned according to the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, marks the sixth such accomplishment for UM St. Joseph and recognizes the Towson hospital's achievements in protecting patients from harm and error.

This national recognition underscores UM St. Joseph's relentless commitment to providing safe, quality health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for healthcare consumers throughout the nation. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, assigned to more than 2,700 acute care hospitals throughout the U.S., is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

"UM St. Joseph is proud to be acknowledged for the unwavering and concerted work we do each and every day to protect and care for our patients," said Thomas B. Smyth, MD, UM St. Joseph Medical Center President and CEO. "We are incredibly proud of this recognition as we continue our journey to zero patient harm, clinical excellence and the perfect patient experience."

"As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "An 'A' Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud."

"During challenging times, trusting your hospital is more crucial than ever," said Dr. Smyth. "We are proud to demonstrate our community's faith in UM St. Joseph is well warranted."

To see UM St. Joseph's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

About University of Maryland 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 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System, dedicated to providing loving service and compassionate, leading-edge care to all.

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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.