For Immediate Release January 23, 2024

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC), a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), has been rated #1 in Maryland in Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery according to new research released by Healthgrades. UM SJMC was also rated among the Top 5 in Maryland for Cardiology and Critical Care.

"This achievement is a tribute to our commitment to providing advanced, life-saving and life-changing care for people throughout Maryland," said Thomas B. Smyth, MD, SJMC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our continuing investment in our staff, our technology and in the development of consistently safe, high-quality and reliable care delivery means better health and longer lives for those in our community. We are grateful for this recognition, and most proud of how our work supports those for whom we care."

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals on patient outcomes to determine the top-performing hospitals for specialty care in each of the 32 states assessed. Healthgrades' 2024 analysis revealed that patients who seek care for a particular condition or procedure at a top-ranked hospital have a better chance of a good outcome.

"Healthgrades is proud to recognize University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center as the top facility in Maryland for Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery, and as a Top 5 hospital for Cardiology and Critical Care," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data science at Healthgrades. "Hospitals with a #1 ranking in their state deliver consistently superior outcomes for the patients in their community. Consumers should feel confident knowing that they have access to top-ranked care at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center."

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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 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 Orthopedic 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 11-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

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades is dedicated to empowering stronger and more meaningful connections between patients and their healthcare providers. As the #1 platform for finding a doctor and a leader in healthcare transparency, we help millions of consumers each month find and schedule appointments with their healthcare professional of choice and prepare for their appointments with best-in-class, treatment-focused content. Our health system, large group practice, and life sciences marketing solutions have been helping our partners reach and engage consumers who are on their way to the doctor for over 20 years. Healthgrades is part of RVO Health, a partnership between Red Ventures and Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group. RVO Health has the largest consumer health and wellness audience online across its brand portfolio, including Healthgrades, Healthline, Medical News Today, Greatist, Psych Central, Bezzy, and PlateJoy, which touch every part of the health and wellness journey. Each month, RVO Health helps more than 100 million unique visitors live their strongest and healthiest lives.