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Four Intermountain Health sites in Colorado top ranked for social responsibility

Group says hospitals among best in the nation at serving patients and community
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Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving the top grade in its latest national hospital index.

Good Samaritan, part of Intermountain Health, received “A” grades in value of care, patient outcomes, clinical outcomes, avoiding overuse and cost efficiency.  

“Excelling in all these areas for a sustained period takes a high level of skill and commitment. I am extremely proud of the work our caregivers do every day to ensure our patients receive the best care possible,” said Good Samaritan President Dawn Anuszkiewicz.  

Other Intermountain Health hospitals in Colorado to receive an “A” grade are Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center.  

“When communities have access to socially responsible healthcare, our nation grows stronger,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “That’s why it’s so important to hold up these high-performing hospitals as examples for others to follow.”  

The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the only ranking to include the metrics of health equity and value of care alongside patient outcomes, creating a holistic view of hospitals as total community partners. In the fourth annual and largest set of rankings to date, the 2023-24 Lown Index evaluates hospitals on 50+ measures including novel metrics such as community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoidance of overuse for more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide. Data sources include Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage claims, CMS patient safety data and hospital cost reports, and IRS 990 forms, among others. Full methodology can be found on the Lown Index website.  

The Lown Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that generates bold ideas for a radically better system of health.

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