We set the standard by measuring what matters.

America's Most Socially Responsible Hospitals, 2024

June 25, 2024 - Out of more than 2,700 acute care hospitals, 154 achieved “A”s on equity, value, and outcomes, earning a place on the Lown Index Honor Roll.

Fair Share Spending

March 26, 2024 - Communities invest in their local nonprofit hospitals through big tax breaks. Are hospitals giving back their fair share in return? To find out, the Lown Institute analyzed hospital community investments compared to the value of their tax breaks, what we call Fair Share Spending.

Unnecessary Stents

October 31, 2023 - While coronary stents can be lifesaving for someone having a heart attack, a large body of research over the past decade shows that stents for stable heart disease don’t benefit patients more than heart medications alone. Yet hospitals continue to perform these procedures, wasting billions of dollars and exposing thousands of patients to risk of harm. How often are these procedures happening, and where? How much are we wasting on these low-value services? And what can we do to prevent unnecessary care?

Racial Inclusivity

September 19, 2023 - Most hospitals say advancing health equity in their communities is a priority, and our latest report examines just how well they’re doing. The Lown Institute has ranked over 3,000 U.S. hospitals on how well they serve patients of color and identified 11 hospital markets with the highest levels of hospital segregation.

Socially responsible hospitals perform well across three areas:

Health Equity

Which hospitals are the most inclusive in America, invest the most in community health, and pay their workers fairly?

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Value of Care

Which hospitals are best at avoiding harmful unnecessary care and deliver the best outcomes at a low cost?

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Patient Outcomes

Does your hospital do well at keeping patients alive and preventing return trips to the hospital? We measure success at avoiding patient safety errors and patient satisfaction.

Vikas Saini, 2022
Vikas Saini
Lown Institute

Our communities deserve socially responsible hospitals — and the ones at the top of our list set a great example."