Lown Presents

The Lown Presents series provides a deep dive into topics at the intersection of health policy, health equity, and high-value care. These free live streamed conversations feature experts with a variety of perspectives on health care, including hospital leaders, public health experts, patient advocates, thought leaders, and policymakers. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index provides a backdrop for discussions.

2021 TOP HOSPITALS: RACIAL & ECONOMIC INCLUSIVITY

May 25, 2021 @ 1PM ET

Socially responsible hospitals should care for everyone in their community, especially those bearing the health impacts of structural racism and poverty. Yet our hospital system is still very segregated in some cities, which, as we saw during the Covid-19 pandemic, exacerbated racial health disparities and led to preventable deaths.

Which hospitals are doing an exceptional job at serving people of color and people with lower incomes in their community, and what can we learn from these hospitals about providing equitable access to care? Find out at the Lown Index Inclusivity launch, when we reveal the most inclusive hospitals in America for this year.

  • Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President of the American Medical Association
  • Harriet Washington, writer and medical ethicist, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present
  • Vikas Saini, president, Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, special advisor to the president, Lown Institute
  • Also featuring leaders of some of the top hospitals on inclusivity!

2021’s TOP HOSPITALS: AVOIDING OVERUSE

May 4, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of unnecessary tests and procedures are performed by hospitals each year, putting patients at risk and wasting resources.

Find out which hospitals in the country are best at avoiding low-value services like hysterectomy, stents, and head imaging, when the 2021 Avoiding Overuse results of the Lown Institute Hospitals Index are released!

  • Michael Chernew, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC)
  • Rita Redberg, cardiologist and professor, UCSF Medical Center; editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Mark Smith, founding president and former CEO, California Healthcare Foundation
  • Vikas Saini, president, Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, special advisor to the president, Lown Institute
  • Also featuring leaders of some of the Top Hospitals on avoiding overuse!

THE PROMISE OF A COOPERATIVE HOSPITAL SECTOR

January 27, 2021

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the health of each of us matters. But is a competitive hospital market the best way to ensure every person gets the care they need?

  • Paul Levy, Former President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Jill Horwitz, Vice Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
  • Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior VP of the Lown Institute

RACISM & HOSPITALS

October 21, 2020

How does structural racism manifest in the hospital sector and what can we do about it?

  • Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute
  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior VP or the Lown Institute
  • Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Milton R. Nuñez, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/ Lincoln