Saint Francis Medical Center

Recognitions & Accreditations

Delivering the highest-quality care is at the core of everything we do. Saint Francis Healthcare System is taking that focus to the next level – with an array of initiatives and clinical partnerships geared toward improving the patient experience – to stay the premier healthcare provider in our five-state region.

Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes

20-21 Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes graphs key

Influenza Prevention

Percentage of healthcare workers given influenza vaccination
(Higher percentages are better, October 2020 through March 2021)

Saint Francis requires all colleagues to be vaccinated for the flu to prevent possible exposure to our patients. Colleagues with a medical or religious exemption are required to wear a mask at all times during cold and flu season.


Percentage of patients who came to the Emergency Department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival
(Higher percentages are better, July through December 2020)

With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. Identifying the signs of a stroke and treating stroke efficiently and safely are critical.


Percentage of patients who received appropriate care for severe sepsis and septic shock
(Higher percentages are better, July through December 2020)

Sepsis is a complication from a severe infection that can cause organ damage and even death if not identified and treated quickly. Our sepsis treatment is better than state and national averages.

Pregnancy and Delivery

Pregnancy and Delivery
Percentage of mothers whose deliveries were scheduled one to two weeks early when a scheduled delivery was not medically necessary
(Lower percentages are better, July through December 2020

Our Family BirthPlace follows best practices and strategies that foster the best care for both the mom and baby. One of those best practices is to avoid elective deliveries, inducing labor before 39 weeks of gestation without medical necessity. Saint Francis outperforms Missouri and the U.S. when it comes to discouraging early elective deliveries.

Hospital Compare

Medicare’s Hospital Compare reports on timely and effective care in key areas of quality. Patients can learn how often Saint Francis Healthcare System and other hospitals perform recommended care for people with specific conditions. Quality data in this section can be found online at

Hospital Compare Overall Ratings

In fiscal year 2020, Saint Francis Healthcare System received a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and key stakeholders developed a methodology that calculates a star rating in order to easily compare overall hospital quality. This rating takes into account both reimbursements received and quality of care provided. Saint Francis Healthcare System is proud to report an improvement in our rating from three to four stars from 2018 to 2019. Fewer than ten percent of hospitals in the nation receive a five-star rating.

Recognitions and Accreditations

Noted for high-quality healthcare services on regional, state and national levels, Saint Francis Healthcare System has received numerous recognitions, accreditations and certifications.

Saint Francis Medical Center

American College of Radiology

Three-year Accreditation (2021-2024) Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Joint Commission

Full Accreditation

Leapfrog Group

Saint Francis Medical Center “A” Hospital Safety Grade – Fall 2023

Standard & Poor’s

“A+” Revenue Bond Rating. Awarded for managing a major construction project while increasing market share, managing expenses and exhibiting a solid operating performance.

Fitch Ratings

“AA” Revenue Bond Rating. Awarded for growing role as a regional tertiary care provider, reflected in strong revenue and volume growth.

Missouri Hospital Association

Aim for Excellence Award for Outstanding Surgery Outcomes (2019). Awarded to hospitals providing improved health, patient experience and value of care.

Missouri Hospital Association Aim for Excellence Award

Cancer Institute

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Three-year Reaccreditation (2020-2023)

Commission on Cancer

Member of the Central Illinois Community Oncology Program

For Cancer Clinical Trials

Diabetes Education and Management Center

American Diabetes Association®

Recognizes the Saint Francis Diabetes Self-Management Training Program as Meeting National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diagnostic Services

American College of Radiology

Accredited for Radiation Oncology (Cape Radiation Oncology), Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), PET/CT Services, Computed Tomography and Nuclear Medicine Services

American College of Radiology - Radiation Oncology Accredited Facility seal

Emergency and Trauma Center

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Designated as a Level III Trauma Center

Heart Hospital

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Certified for the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

American Association for Respiratory Care

Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

American College of Radiology

Accredited in Vascular Peripheral, Vascular Cerebro, Vascular Abdominal and Vascular Deep Abdominal Ultrasound

American Heart Association®

Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center-BRONZE Level Recognition Award

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

Accredited Echocardiography Facility

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission - Accredited Facility for Echocardiography

Laboratory Services

College of American Pathologists and Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA)


College of American Pathology


Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Vermont Oxford Network

One of More Than 900 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) Participating in This International Network of NICUs

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Neurosciences Institute

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The Joint Commission

Three-time recipient of Certificate of Distinction in Disease-Specific Care for Primary Stroke Treatment

Laboratory Accreditation Board of the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET)

Neurophysiology EEG Laboratory Accreditation (2009-2014)

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri

Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM

Orthopedic Institute

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM

Press Ganey


National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)


Sleep Disorders Center

American Academy of Sleep Medicine


Saint Francis Breast Care Center

American College of Radiology

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

American College of Radiology

Accredited for Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and MRI Breast Imaging Services

International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD)

Staff Certified for Bone-Density Services

Teaching/Clinical Affiliations

  • Arkansas State University
  • Barnes Jewish Gofarb
  • Bethel University
  • Bradley University
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Cape Career & Technology
  • Central Methodist University
  • Illinois State University
  • Independence University
  • Indiana State University
  • Jefferson County Community College
  • John A. Logan College
  • Kaplan University dba Iowa College Acquisition
  • LINN State Technical College
  • Maryville University
  • Metro Business College
  • Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
  • Missouri State University (Southwest)
  • Murray State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Sanford Brown College
  • Shawnee Community College
  • Southeast Hospital College of Nursing
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern IL Collegiate Common Market
  • Southern Illinois
  • Southern University at Carbondale
  • St Louis Community College
  • St. Louis College of Health Careers
  • Tennessee State University
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Union University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisiana Monroe
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri (Mizzou)
  • University of Missouri-Sinclair
  • University of Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Western Kentucky Community