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licensure logo horz green Spring 2024 flag ai PNGKansas City, MO, May 1, 2024 – St. Joseph Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a patient safety ratings organization. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries, and infections as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent them.

St. Joseph Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the area to earn this prestigious award 3 years in a row.

We are deeply honored to receive the Grade A safety award, which is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our staff to provide the highest level of care to our patients. At our hospital, safety is not just a priority, it is a core value that guides every decision we make. This award is a recognition of our collective efforts to create a safe environment for our patients, their families, and our staff. We pledge to continue to maintain the highest standards of safety and quality in all areas of our hospital.” Scott Corcoran, MD, CMO

Over the last year, 81 percent of Prime’s hospitals earned an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group.

“Everyone who works at St. Joseph Medical Center  should be proud of this ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication of at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank St. Joseph Medical Center’s leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

St. Joseph Medical Center has earned other accomplishments such as America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery , #3 out of 5 in State Rankings for Orthopedic Surgery reflects St. Joe’s  commitment to delivering safe, high-quality care.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see St. Joseph Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram and via The Leapfrog Group newsletter.

St. Joseph Medical Center is a faith-based, 310-bed hospital providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services.  Key services include the Senior Care Services, St. Joseph Heart Institute, Breast Center and Orthopedic Services.   St. Joseph is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading hospital systems for clinical excellence.  For more information, visit