St. Luke’s ranked for most socially responsible

St. Luke’s University Health Network has been recognized by the Lown Institute as one of the most socially responsible hospitals in America, receiving ‘A’ grades in equity, value and outcomes on the 2024-25 Lown Institute Hospitals Index.
Out of more than 3,500 hospitals measured by Lown, only 5% achieved honor roll status, with St. Luke’s ranking among this select group of high performers.
“Great care is only great if everyone can access it,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “We need hospitals that are not only leaders in clinical care, but also strong community partners-and the hospitals at the top of our list are showing the way.” More

PBMC Ranked #1 In State For Social Responsibility: Report

Peconic Bay Medical Center has received accolades statewide: PBMC has been recognized as the most socially responsible hospital in New York State by the Lown Institute Hospital Index. According to the report, PBMC was ranked first out of 128 statewide for social responsibility, and 79 out of 2,758 nationally.
"Peconic Bay Medical Center is steadfast in our mission to empower the residents of eastern Suffolk County by making the most advanced level of healthcare available and accessible to all,” said Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb. "This recognition as the most socially responsible hospital in New York State underscores our dedication to social equity in healthcare for our extraordinary community, patients, and staff. We are committed to ensuring that every resident has access to high-quality care." More

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Named Among Top Hospitals in U.S for Social Responsibility

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has been cited as Vermont’s most socially responsible acute care hospital by the Lown Institute, a Massachusetts-based non-partisan healthcare think tank. The distinction is based on an evaluation of more than 3,500 U.S. hospitals using more than 50 metrics in categories such as health equity, value of care, and patient outcomes. Results are based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Internal Revenue Service, and other sources. “We are thrilled that our efforts to promote social responsibility are making a difference in our community, and that they are being quantified and recognized on a national level. Being recognized as a leader in Vermont is especially rewarding, knowing how incredibly socially responsible all hospitals in Vermont are!” said Christopher Dougherty, BMH’s President and CEO, in a statement. More

UCHealth named among the nation’s most socially responsible health care systems by Lown Institute

UCHealth is proud to be named one of the nation’s most socially responsible health care systems by the Lown Institute. The 2024-25 Lown Institute Hospitals Index released earlier this week ranks UCHealth No. 2 nationwide according to the institute’s analysis of health equity, value of care and patient outcomes. “UCHealth is committed to improving the lives of our patients and building healthier communities across the state,” said Elizabeth Concordia, UCHealth president and CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized by the Lown Institute as one of the nation’s most socially responsible health care systems. This recognition is a compliment for our staff and providers who work hard every day to provide the very best care to our patients.” More

Private equity is flying to behavioral health. What’s up with that?

Others remain skeptical that PE has a positive effect on the industry. Vikas Saini, president of the nonpartisan think tank Lown Institute, told Healthcare Brew that the deterioration of quality care is his “biggest and first concern.”

“The kinds of returns that private equity expects and the kinds of methods they’re used to using outside of healthcare—which are the ones they’re importing into healthcare—are unlikely to give us that kind of an innovative, extraordinary startup that we all want to send our family to,” Saini said.


Study says charity care falls short at many nonprofit hospitals

Grady Memorial Hospital ranks in the top 10 of the nation’s nonprofit hospitals for spending more on charity care than what they receive in tax breaks, according to a new report and ranking published Tuesday. Wellstar Health System also showed up high on the list — 4th in the nation for community spending by nonprofit health systems.

The rankings were based on 2021 tax filings examined by the Lown Institute, a nonprofit think tank. Lown examined close to 70 Georgia hospitals.


Some nonprofit hospitals spend less on charity care than they receive in tax breaks, new analysis shows

One major benefit of being a nonprofit hospital is receiving tax exemptions on property taxes, income taxes, and sales taxes. Experts told STAT that implies a “social contract” with taxpayers, where these hospitals will help take care of the most vulnerable. But according to a new study, 80% of 2,425 nonprofit hospitals spent less on charity care and community investment than they got in estimated tax breaks. More