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Alvarado among best in the nation at serving its patients and community, according to Lown Institute.

Alvarado Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, received an “A” grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Alvarado achieved this honor through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide.

Alvarado Hospital ranked 84 out of 282 hospitals in California, and 836 nationally on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, the hospital also received “A” grades in Patient Outcomes and Clinical Outcomes. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.

“Every Prime Healthcare hospital’s mission statement starts the same way, ‘Our mission is to deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to our communities,’” says Kenneth McFarland, CEO of Alvarado Hospital. “We at Alvarado Hospital take this promise seriously, and it animates everything we do and every decision we make as healthcare providers and employees of Prime Healthcare.”

“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.”

Alvarado Hospital had recently been awarded Gold+ awards from the American Heart Association for the treatment of heart failure and stroke. And the hospital was recognized for excellence in multiple service lines by Healthgrades, including a Patient Safety Excellence award, which Alvarado has held for nine consecutive years.

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.

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