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Colorado, Montana hospitals recognized for social responsibility

Group says care sites among nationals best at serving patients and community

Seven Intermountain Health hospitals in Colorado and Montana hospitals have been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving the top grade in its latest national hospital index. 

The hospitals received “A” grades in areas that include value of care, patient outcomes, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, avoiding overuse and cost efficiency. 

The hospitals are: 

  • Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver 
  • St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, Mont. 
  • Holy Rosary Healthcare, Miles City, Mont. 
  • St. James Healthcare, Butte, Mont. 
  • Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colo. 
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colo. 
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lafayette, Colo. 

"Our care sites have a long tradition of providing outstanding care for all members of our community,” said Intermountain Health Peaks Region President Mark Korth. “I am extremely proud of all of our caregivers.” 

“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. 

Learn more at www.LownHospitalsIndex.org.