Socially responsible hospitals care for all the people in their surrounding community who need medical treatment, especially those impacted by structural racism and poverty. The Lown Index is the first hospital ranking to take into account how well hospitals serve people of lower income or education levels, and people of color.
Socially responsible hospitals should provide patients with all the care they need, and none that they do not. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first hospital ranking to evaluate hospitals based on their delivery of 12 commonly overused services, including unnecessary hysterectomy, head imaging for fainting, and more.
Nonprofit hospitals are expected to provide charity care and other community benefits, to maintain their tax-exempt status. However, the amount that hospitals spend on free care and other community health needs varies widely. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first hospital ranking to take into account how much hospitals spend on charity care and other community health programs, as well as the the proportion of low-income patients they serve.
Our segregated hospital system is a consequence of being in a society where Black and Brown bodies are undervalued."
The Lown Index rolls up scores from 42 detailed metrics, 8 components, and 3 categories to create an overall composite score.
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