2021 Winning Hospitals


Socially responsible hospitals care for EVERYONE in their community.

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first ranking to evaluate hospital social responsibility of more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals.

The Social Responsibility ranking is based on 54 metrics across three main categories: equity, value, and outcomes. Only 75 hospitals made the Lown Index Honor Roll by earning “A” Grades in all three of those categories. See the Honor Roll hospitals, and other key findings from our full results below. (press release | methodology

Watch our launch video featuring the creators of the Lown Hospitals Index, Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute, and Shannon Brownlee, special advisor to the president at the Lown Institute.

Key Takeaways

  • 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.
  • One third of all hospitals on the Honor Roll are in either California or Ohio. Hospitals in New Jersey, Maryland, and Tennessee are also well-represented.
  • None of the 20 US News top hospitals made the Lown Honor Roll. While these hospitals generally achieved high grades on outcomes and value, every hospital except one received a “C” or “D” grade on equity.
  • Though for-profit hospitals perform worse than average on the Index, two for-profits topped the list and they’re both located in Northern New Jersey.

 Media inquiries should be directed to Aaron Toleos, vice president of communications for the Lown Institute, at atoleos@lowninstitute.org.