Receives CMS Highest 5-Star Rating, Leapfrog ‘A,’ and Healthgrades
Top 5% in Nation
Ranking in the top 6 percent of the nation among hospitals reporting data, St. Joseph Medical Center
was awarded the highest 5-star Overall Hospital Ranking by CMS (Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for its performance in 2019. This
top rating is the latest to acknowledge quality care at St. Joseph Medical
Center, which was also recently recognized by Leapfrog Hospital Safety
Grades with an “A” grade and by Healthgrades with awards in
six categories, including being named among the
Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2019.
“The importance of these latest highest rankings and awards can’t
be overemphasized,” said Jodi Fincher, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center.
“They point to our ongoing commitment to quality and overall safety
for our patients and staff. We’re honored that St. Joseph Medical
Center has been recognized for its commitment to health care excellence
in our communities.”
St. Joseph Medical Center credits these achievements to a commitment to
clinical excellence and the implementation of broad range of hospital
initiatives undertaken, from investments in equipment and technology to
clinical processes and leadership.
“We are extremely thankful for the medical professionals at St. Joseph
Medical Center for all that they do to care for Kansas City residents,”
said Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus. “That St. Joseph’s has been
consistently ranked top in quality is a testament to their commitment
and is a source of pride for our community.”
Five-Star Rating by CMS Hospital Compare
This overall hospital rating is based on measure data publicly reported on
Hospital Compare (medicare.gov/hospitalcompare). It reflects more than 50 measures across seven aspects of quality, including
patient experience and effectiveness of care. The hospital rating shows
how well each hospital performed on average compared to other hospitals
in the U.S. in treating common conditions such as heart attacks or pneumonia.
Participating hospitals reported data to the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services, the federal agency that runs the Medicare program,
through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. Those hospitals
were then given an overall rating, ranging from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 as
the highest and 3 the most common score. St. Joseph Medical Center earned
a 5-star rating and ranked in the top 6 percent, according to the report.
“A” Grade by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
St. Joseph Medical Center was also recently awarded an ‘A’
grade in the 2019Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements
to protect patients from harm and to provide safer health care. The Leapfrog
Group, an independent national watchdog organization that monitors health
care quality and safety, issued a safety grade (A, B, C, D or F) to all
general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing
medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients
in their care. Using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety
data, the organization assigns grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care
hospitals twice per year, using a peer-reviewed methodology.
“Hospitals earning an A-grade show us their leadership through protecting
patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment
at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board
of directors – and we congratulate the team at St. Joseph Medical
Center that worked so hard to earn this A.”
Healthgrades Awards in Six Categories, Top 5 Percent in Nation for Patient Safety
St. Joseph Medical Center was further recognized in 2019 by Healthgrades,
another national organization for patient safety. Last month, Healthgrades
ranked St. Joseph Medical Center
the top 5 percent in the nation for both Patient Safety and Coronary Intervention Procedures
in 2019. In addition, St. Joseph Medical Center was recognized for the
Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award 2019 and the Healthgrades
5-star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke 2019.
“As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and
selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital
that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition,” said Brad Bowman,
MD, chief medical officer, Healthgrades.
St. Joseph Medical Center’s achievement is part of findings released
in December in the
Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation which underscores the importance of hospital quality.