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The system must incentivize healing over profiteering.

Patients should get all the care they need, and none that they do not.

Good health should transcend neighborhood, income, and background.

Compassion and humility are central to the practice of healing.

Dr. Bernard Lown

Learn about the pioneering cardiologist, humanitarian, and Lown Institute founder.

Institute Hospitals Index

We assess the social responsibility of hospitals using more than 50 metrics.


Spotlighting the worst in health care profiteering and dysfunction.


Vikas Saini



WATCH: Hospitals reveal key challenges to achieving equity, and how they’re overcoming them

Bringing together Dr. Vikas Saini (the Lown Institute), Dr. Katherine Peeler (Boston Children’s Hospital), Dr. Omar Lateef (RUSH University Medical Center), and Dr. Thea James (Boston Medical Center), the discussion focused on the role of hospitals in addressing problems like moral stress and burnout and how a commitment to equity fits into their resolution. Watch the video of the event and read some of the highlights from the discussion. More