8 August — Lown Institute on Community Matters

For this week in Community Matters we are sharing two great interviews with you. The first is with Dr. Saini of the Lown Institute, and he’ll be sharing some results from the Hospitals Index his organization has just completed. This index essentially compares Virginia hospitals with each other based on an equal set of criteria, and he also addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the quality of care in our region. More

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