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American hospitals are still segregated. That’s killing people of color.

According to data compiled by the Lown Institute and published in the Washington Monthly, the best-funded and most prestigious hospitals in America, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General, generally avoid treating poor people in their local communities and fill their beds instead with affluent patients blessed with generous health-care plans. Low-income and minority patients, who generally have more meager health insurance or none at all, are forced to use under-resourced safety net institutions such as those owned and operated by municipal governments. More

These hospital rankings want you to ‘rethink what it means to be great’

According to Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute, by incorporating civic leadership rather than just patient outcomes, the new rankings aim to make hospitals "rethink what it means to be great." He explained, "What we're trying to do is create a new narrative and for all of us to think differently about hospital[s]—what they are doing and what they could do." More

Georgia hospital ranked among nation’s best for addressing inequities

“This is more for all of us to think about hospitals in a different way and begin to imagine what it could be like if all hospitals really hit those stretch goals across the board, and what kind of a health care system we could have if we did that,” Dr. Vikas Saini said. “We didn’t realize how much of a challenge it would be to find hospitals that do well across these measures. But we did. There are hospitals that do that.” More

At last, a list Mayo doesn’t top

“There are plenty of lists for people to look at to decide where to get your knee replaced,” said Lown Senior Vice President Shannon Brownlee. “We wanted a list that policymakers and community leaders could look at and could really start to re-think how we judge hospital performance and what we expect from hospitals.” More

THCB Podcast, Episode 17

"What our ranking shows is that there are really big differences in hospitals in terms of how inclusive they are, how good a job they are doing of bring in people of color and people of lower incomes in their catchment areas. As you can imagine, it's creating a certain amount of controversy in the hospital world," says Shannon Brownlee More

When considering different criteria, Minnesota’s top hospitals ranking looks a lot different

A new ranking of hospitals in the United States measures not just patient outcomes, but also community policies and if the hospital avoids unnecessary care, among other criteria. Using these metrics means some of the world-renowned hospitals, like Rochester's Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, are missing from the top spots on the Lown Institute Hospitals Index. More

Fort Worth’s JPS Named the Best Hospital in the Nation

JPS was joined in the top 10 by Parkland Health and Hospital System, which ranked ninth in the nation. Washington Monthly’s annual report serves as a counter to the U.S. News and World Report rankings, which ranks hospitals without factoring in cost or service to vulnerable communities. “What Americans should be asking is, why can’t more hospitals be like JPS?” Washington Monthly editors wrote. “Shouldn’t every person in this country have access to a hospital that provides high-quality care, welcomes all comers regardless of wealth and insurance status, and contributes to the larger health of the community?” More

New Hospital Ranking Produces Surprising Results

Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute, told Medscape Medical News that hospitals have always needed to be essential partners in their communities, but that need has been acutely apparent in the COVID-19 crisis and these rankings provide a more comprehensive means of judging hospitals' value. "Half the ranking is weighted on traditional things like mortality and readmissions," he said. But the combined look at outcomes, value, and civic leadership shows how "to go from being really good hospitals to being great — and that means great for everybody," he explained. More

New Hospital Ranking System Measures Unnecessary Treatments

“One important metric that has not been measured before for individual hospitals is how often hospitals deliver unnecessary treatments and tests, explains Brownlee. “A patient who comes to the hospital because they have fainted generally does not need an MRI or CT scan. We found that at many hospitals, patients who fainted were getting an unnecessary head imaging test. Unnecessary services put patients at needless risk of harm, but they also waste money and resources.” More