St. Joseph’s takes top marks in patient safety


STOCKTON—Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center recently received a safety grade of “A” for meeting the highest patient safety standards set forth by a national safety organization.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a publication that ranks patient safety in hospitals across the U.S., gave the Stockton healthcare provider its top rank for their prevention of medical errors, infections and other potential harms to patients.

St. Joseph’s joins 831 other hospitals in the nation to earn an “A.”

“Patient care and safety are our top priorities,” said Don Wiley, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s, in a statement. “Every day, our doctors, nurses and other caregivers work together to improve care. Receiving this ‘A’ grade affirms our diligent work.”

Leapfrog uses 27 measures of hospital safety data to grade more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals with either an A, B, C, D or F.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of St. Joseph’s Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”


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