St. Mary’s ranks among top hospitals in magazine evaluations

Bryan Johnson
Cathy Roberts
Andrew Jones

SCL Health St. Mary’s in Grand Junction ranks among the top hospitals in the  state and nation in separate magazine ratings.

St. Mary’s was rated as a high performing hospital in five areas of adult procedures and conditions and ranked as the eighth best hospital in Colorado in the 2020-2021 Best Hospitals analysis in U.S. News & World Report.

In a list created for Newsweek magazine, St. Mary’s ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for its maternity program.

Bryan Johnson, president of St. Mary’s, said the U.S. News & World Report rankings affirm the level of care the hospital offers. “Patients don’t need to travel. They can literally get world-class care right here in Western Colorado,” Johnson said. “These awards reflect the dedication and hard work of our associates and their commitment to excellence. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.”

Dr. Andrew Jones, chief medical officer at St. Mary’s, also said the awards affirm the care the hospital provides ranks among the best nationally. “Ultimately, they reflect the hard work and discipline of our care and the compassion we have for our patients.”

Cathy Roberts, director of women and children’s services at St. Mary’s, said the Newsweek rating validates the work of physicians, nurses and associates who make the hospital a good place to have a baby. “Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life. This national recognition gives women and their families the confidence that their choice to deliver at St. Mary’s will be the best choice to bring their new family member into the world.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide for 10 procedures and conditions. High performing ratings were awarded for care deemed better than the national average as measured by such factors as patient outcomes.

St. Mary’s earned high performing ratings in cardiac services for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart failure and heart bypass. St. Mary’s operates the only certified chest pain and stroke center between Denver and Salt Lake City. St Mary’s also earned high performing ratings in orthopedics for hip and knee replacements.

State rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple levels of care.

Newsweek joined with the Leapfrog Group, a health care industry watchdog organization, to rank maternity programs. The ranking was based on standards for excellence and patient safety, including low rates of cesarean section and early elective deliveries as well as protocols to protect mothers and babies.

Leapfrog Group awarded St. Mary’s an A for its efforts to ensure patient safety in its spring 2020 hospital grades report. St. Mary’s has received an A in each of the last six twice-yearly assessments.