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Healthgrades Names Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center One of America’s 250 Best Hospitals

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Only Hospital in San Joaquin County Recognized Among Top 5% in the Nation

(STOCKTON, CA) January 23, 2024  –  January 23, 2024 – Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) announced today that it is one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2024, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This achievement puts SJMC in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance. Additionally, SJMC received Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for two years in a row (2023-2024), reflecting St. Joseph’s commitment to exceptional patient care. 

“We are especially proud of this incredible accomplishment, which demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care to Stockton and the surrounding communities,” said Donald J. Wiley, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “The recognition ranks us among an elite group of hospitals with exceptional clinical outcomes and serves as a testament to the dedication of our employees in ensuring excellence in quality, safety, and patient care.”

To determine the top hospitals for 2024, Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for more than 30 conditions and procedures at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Unlike other hospital studies, Healthgrades ratings are based solely on what matters most: patient outcomes. The 2024 Healthgrades analysis revealed significant variation in hospital performance, making it increasingly important to seek care at top-rated programs. From 2020-2022, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to America’s 250 Best Hospitals, on average, 178,402 lives could potentially have been saved.* 

“Healthgrades commends St. Joseph’s Medical Center for their leadership and continued dedication to high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “As one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, St. Joseph’s is elevating the standard for quality care nationwide and ensuring superior outcomes for the patients in their community.”  

For more information on St. Joseph’s Medical Center and services they provide, please visit Consumers can visit to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of how we rate and why hospital quality matters here

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. Click here to view the complete 2024 America’s Best Hospital Awards Methodology. 

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About St. Joseph’s Medical Center 

Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center is a not-for-profit, fully accredited, regional hospital with 355 beds, a physician staff of over 700, and more than 2,700 employees. Specializing in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services, and women and children's services, St. Joseph's is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. As a Sponsoring Institution for Graduate Medical Education, St. Joseph’s supports rapidly growing educational programs for both resident physicians and medical students. In addition to being nationally recognized as a quality leader, St. Joseph's is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers. St. Joseph's is the largest hospital, as well as one of the largest private employers in San Joaquin County. Founded in 1899 by Fr. William O'Connor and administered by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, St. Joseph's continues to lead the region in medical innovation. St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health/CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit Catholic health system with care sites across 21 states dedicated to advancing health for all people. For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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