For Immediate Release August 02, 2023

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM St. Joseph), a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), was one of only 483 hospitals in the nation—and the only hospital in Maryland—to earn five out of five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its 2023 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 five key areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, timely and effective care and patient experience.

"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, FACEP. "Community members can continue to choose UM St. Joseph with confidence that we will deliver leading-edge care and a patient-centered experience."

This is the sixth consecutive time that UM St. Joseph has received CMS' 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 Thomas B. Smyth, MD, President and CEO. "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 221-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 University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state's future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System's anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit