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New Grade for Fall 2023 is a national recognition for patient safety.

Kansas City, MO, November 6, 2023 – St. Joseph Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care.

St. Joseph Medical Center has earned this prestigious award two years in a row.  We continue to strive for excellence in Safety and prevention.

Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means St. Joseph Medical Center made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”

“Safety should always be the first step in providing the highest level of patient care.  A Leapfrog score of ‘A’ is an testament to all the hard work and dedication by everyone at St. Joseph Medical Center.  I can rest easy knowing that our patients are receiving high quality care in the safest manner possible.” Scott Corcoran, MD, CMO.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of 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.

St. Joseph Medical Center also earned several awards through Healthgrades, earning awards for Excellence in Surgical Care , and Americas 100 Best Orthopedic Surgery Centers. And, recently earning the 2023 Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for this achievement from The Leapfrog Group.  This grade highlights our work this past year in the areas of improving our communication with our patients as well as reducing our infection rates throughout our facility.” George Mitchell, Regional Director of Performance Improvement /Risk Management.

As a member of Prime Healthcare, St. Joseph Medical Center joins other Prime hospitals across the nation that have achieved award winning accolades for clinical excellence. 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 and via its newsletter.

St.joseph_medical_center  St. Joseph Medical

St. Joseph Medical Center is a 310-bed acute care facility providing a wide range of services, including 24-hour emergency department, surgical services, and outpatient services.  St. Joseph was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St Joseph Medical center has a long tradition of providing high quality, compassionate care.  Our Catholic Heritage and the spit of our founding sisters continue today in our mission of caring for the community.