2021 Winning Hospitals


We set the standard by measuring what matters.

Cost Efficiency

November 9, 2021 - Our new analysis identifies the most cost-efficient hospitals in America and highlights how potentially billions of dollars could be saved in the nation’s Medicare program. We uncovered big differences in the cost of care between hospitals, even those within the same city.

2021 results are now live!

September 21, 2021 - The Lown Institute, a health care think tank, is the first to publish a national ranking of hospital social responsibility. Now in its second year, the Index includes 54 metrics across the equity, value, and outcomes categories.

Out of more than 3,000 hospitals, only 75 achieved Honor Roll status by earning “A” grades in equity, value, and outcomes, the three metrics used to determine overall social responsibility.

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?

Value of Care

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

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."

Insights & Reports
Nov. 4, 2019

How cascade events harm patients

Many tests that clinicians order “just to be safe” turn out to be anything but safe because of the treatment cascade they can trigger...