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Griffin Hospital in Derby was named Connecticut’s most socially responsible hospital, according to the Lown Institute’s 2023-24 Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility. This is the second straight year Griffin is ranked first in the state.

The Index is the first ranking to measure social responsibility of nearly 4,000 U.S. hospitals nationwide and applies never-before-used metrics such as racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse, and community benefit. Griffin has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care.

Griffin was ranked #1 of 26 hospitals in the state and #118 nationwide for social responsibility.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition and a tribute to our exceptional caregivers for their commitment to Planetree’s patient-centered care principles and Griffin’s values of quality, safety, service, collaboration, innovation and stewardship,” said Griffin Health President and CEO Patrick Charmel. “The Griffin Health Board of Directors and administrative leadership appreciate the importance of social responsibility in providing high-quality healthcare that meets the needs of the community we serve, and in how it ensures that Griffin will continue to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of its residents.”

According to the Index, Griffin received “A” grades for social responsibility, value of care, avoiding overuse, cost efficiency, patient safety, patient outcomes, and clinical outcomes. It also ranked in the state’s top five for overall value and outcomes, and clinical outcomes.

The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the only ranking to include 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 at https://lownhospitalsindex.org/rankings/our-methodology.

Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute, said the U.S. needs socially responsible hospitals like Griffin.

“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 Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that generates bold ideas for a radically better system of health. Learn more about the Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility at www.LownHospitalsIndex.org.

About the Lown Institute

Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter, the Lown Institute believes that a radically better system of health is possible and generates bold ideas towards that goal. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is a signature project of the Institute and features measures never used before like racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse, and pay equity.

Learn more at www.LownHospitalsIndex.org.