St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs tied for sixth in Kansas City in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings. 

St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs tied for sixth in Kansas City in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings.  

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties.  

This is the first time U.S. News has compared hospitals within metro areas. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. St. Mary’s is the only hospital in Eastern Jackson County making the list.

“We are honored to be recognized among the best in the metro,” Annette Small, CEO of St. Mary’s, said in a press release. “This ranking is yet one more testament to the great work we do in caring for our patients every day.

“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow said. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

A full list of metro area rankings can be found at www.usnews.com/hospitals.