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St. Mary’s Medical Center Earns National Award for Quality

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 5, 2018) – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. St. Mary’s is one of only 53 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.

The Top Hospital Award comes following St. Mary’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.  

“St. Mary’s is committed to providing top quality education and experience for the next generation of caregivers, and we’re very pleased to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group for this work,” said John Allen, St. Mary’s Medical Center president. “Students and residents at St. Mary’s are learning within one of the largest hospital systems in the nation and the largest not-for-profit acute care provider in California, with an emphasis on quality, safety, and humankindness.”

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

This recognition is the latest of several St. Mary’s has received recently. St. Mary’s also received honors from Healthgrades for quality care in heart attack, treatment of pneumonia, small intestine surgeries, treatment of bowel obstruction, treatment of sepsis, and treatment of diabetic emergencies. Additionally, St. Mary’s was recognized by Healthgrades as among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for gastrointestinal care. 


About The Leapfrog Group 
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. St. Mary’s cardiac program offers diagnostic services, treatment, and rehabilitation. St. Mary’s also was recognized as one of the Top 100 Orthopedic Programs nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center offers the full-range of oncology, radiation, and imaging services. Offering the most comprehensive breast imaging services in San Francisco, St. Mary’s has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a recognition that represents the national gold standard. Beyond clinical care, St. Mary's is committed to furthering the healing ministry, and to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the community it serves. For more information, call (415) 668-1000 or visit

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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