BUCKHANNON, W.VA. -- St. Joseph's Hospital was one of only three hospitals in the state of West Virginia to receive the National Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. This includes morbidity, mortality, and infection rates tracked by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

This award places St. Joseph’s Hospital in the top 10 percent of hospitals throughout the nation for patient safety. This top 10 percent includes esteemed hospitals, such as The Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins.

“Our staff places a tremendous focus on the quality of the care we provide to ensure our patients have an outstanding experience,” Skip Gjolberg, administrator, said. “We are very proud that this hard work is being recognized at a national level.”