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The Most Socially Responsible Hospitals in the U.S.

June 28, 2022 - Out of more than 3,600 hospitals ranked on the Lown Hospitals Index, just 66 achieved straight "A"s on equity, value, and outcomes. Find out which hospitals received this rare distinction, how the US News Honor Roll hospitals ranked, and which hospitals earned top grades despite enduring high COVID burdens.

Avoiding Overuse During Covid

May 17, 2022 - Our analysis of Medicare claims data shows that thousands of vulnerable patients were admitted to U.S. hospitals during the height of the pandemic, before COVID-19 vaccines were approved, for procedures that offer little to no clinical benefit or were more likely to harm patients than help them. We also name the top 50 and bottom 50 hospitals at Avoiding Overuse for our 2022 ranking.

Fair Share Spending

April 12, 2022 - Nonprofit hospital systems are expected to give back to their communities in amounts that justify their massive tax breaks. We calculated “fair share spending” for more than 1800 hospitals across 275 nonprofit hospital systems and found $18.4 billion in stranded dollars that could have been used to advance health equity, housing, food insecurity, and other local needs.

Racial Inclusivity & Segregated Hospital Care

March 17, 2022 - Hospital markets in many large U.S. cities are racially segregated, according to our latest report. In Detroit, for example, nine out of ten hospitals contribute to its status as a segregated hospital market. The study also finds that patients receiving elective procedures skew disproportionately white and that may be a driver of inequity, especially at the least racially inclusive hospitals.

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
Lown Institute

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