Two Maryland hospitals among the 5 most socially responsible

Maryland is home to two of America’s most socially responsible hospitals. That’s according to a recent study released by the Lown Institute, a non-partisan health care think tank.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown campus ranked 3rd and 5th, respectively, according to the study.

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This is the second year that the Lown Institute has established a national ranking of hospital social responsibility. The rankings include 54 measures in the categories of equity, value and outcomes.

Pay equity, inclusiveness, overuse avoidance, and clinical outcomes are just a few of the metrics used to compile the rankings. Cost-effectiveness, a new metric that measures how well hospitals achieve low death rates at low cost, was also added this year.

Dr Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute, said this about the report:

“It is not enough for hospitals to say they are committed to social responsibility. They must put their commitment into action ”.

Of more than 3,000 hospitals classified, only 75 received an “A” grade for fairness, value and results.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center received an A overall, at the forefront of the state and third at the national level. They received an A in all three major categories: fairness, value and results. The hospital received B ratings in the pay equity and patient safety subcategories, and a C rating in patient satisfaction.

The Midtown campus of the University of Maryland Medical Center also received an A overall, second in the state and fifth at the national level. The hospital received an A in the three main categories, a B in the Avoid Overuse subcategory and two Cs in the Patient Satisfaction and Pay Equity subcategories.

About half of Top Hospitals in US News & World Report failed to make it in the top third of the Lown Institute’s social responsibility rankings. According to the report, these hospitals performed well in the value and outcome category, but poorly in equity.

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