Prime Healthcare Receives Highest Ranking for Social Responsibility based on Equity, Value and Patient Outcomes
Posted on Sep 30, 2021
- Prime Healthcare is one of only five health systems in the nation to receive
an overall 'A' rating
- Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, NJ ranked number two in the nation
- The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first ranking system to define
standards for hospital social responsibility by examining performance
across health outcomes, value, and equity
(ONTARIO, CA – Sept. 30, 2021) – Prime Healthcare, which operates
45 hospitals in 14 states, earned "A" grades in the Lown Institute
Index for Social Responsibility, placing Prime among the top five healthcare
systems in the nation in equity, value and outcomes. Additionally, several
Prime hospitals ranked in the top two and a half percent of all hospitals
included in this year's rankings.
"It's not enough for hospitals to say they're committed to
social responsibility. They need to put their commitment into action,"
said Dr. Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think
tank advocating for changes in the healthcare system. "Doing well
on the Lown Index is one way they can demonstrate progress."
The Lown Institute rankings, now in their second year, used 54 metrics
tied to equity, including racial inclusivity, pay equity, avoiding overuse,
clinical outcomes and cost efficiency, which evaluate how well hospitals
achieve low mortality rates at a low cost with excellent outcomes. Fewer
than three percent of the hospitals studied nationwide received top honors.
"Prime Healthcare's mission, vision, and patient-centered model
were created to drive value, clinical outcomes and health equity for all
patients," said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime
Healthcare. "Value-based, community healthcare is fundamental to
our mission. We are honored that our hospitals are recognized for their
social responsibility and clinical excellence, and thank you to our staff
and physicians for being stewards of our mission to ensure communities
have hospitals that provide the highest quality, affordable care to all."
Two Prime Healthcare hospitals –
Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey and
East Liverpool City Hospital in East Liverpool, Ohio – ranked among the Top 10 hospitals nationally
in the Lown Social Responsibility Index.
Saint Michael's, which ranked second nationally on the list for Social
Responsibility, was in bankruptcy and in danger of closing in 2016 when
Prime Healthcare purchased the hospital and invested millions to upgrade
medical equipment, including state-of-the-art tools for treating cancer
and cardiac diseases. Under Prime's ownership, the hospital also quickly
moved to an “A” in The Leapfrog Group patient safety grade
and received a five-star patient safety rating from Healthgrades.
"Access to healthcare should not be determined by where a person lives,"
said Alan Sickles, MD, CEO of Saint Michael's. "As an urban hospital
serving a disadvantaged population, we are committed to eliminating health
disparities by delivering safe, compassionate, value-based care from skilled,
experienced physicians, nurses and techs with access to state-of-the-art
Other Prime Healthcare hospitals falling in the top two and a half percent
nationally according to the Lown Index include not-for-profit hospitals
in the Prime Healthcare Foundation:
"It's vitally important that community hospitals promote health
equity and embrace our role as socially responsible organizations,"
said Dr. Bhatia. "The COVID-19 pandemic has struck minority and underserved
communities disproportionately hard, making it even more essential that
our nation's hospitals address health inequities. Prime Healthcare,
our staff, and physicians are honored to be recognized as leaders in that
In addition to the top social responsibility rankings, five Prime hospitals
were ranked among the 20 most efficient in the nation by the Lown Institute.
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada;
Encino Hospital Medical Center in Encino, California; and
Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, California. Saint Michael's and East Liverpool also
made the list of most cost-efficient.
Three Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked the most socially responsible
in their respective states –
North Vista Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada;
Suburban Community Hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania; and
Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
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