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Lincoln voted US’ top hospital for civic leadership

A new hospital ranking system that uses community involvement as a key criteria, lists Lincoln among the top hospitals in the country. 

The new ranking system was devised by the Lown Institute, a think tank that takes the civic involvement of hospitals heavily into account, in collaboration with Washington Monthly Magazine.  Their formula ranks the hospitals based on how effectively they save lives and money, while providing dependable public service. The three broad categories it bases its findings on include:

  • Patient outcomes (mortality, readmissions, patient safety),
  • Civic leadership (treating all, regardless of race, social or economic status)
  • Value of care (avoiding unnecessary treatments)

The organization says it takes information that is already publicly available about each hospital, rather than relying on information that the facilities themselves provide.

“This hospital ranking system has created new metrics never used before for health care,” noted Milton Nunez, CEO of Lincoln.  “Now is the perfect time to refocus and standardize the industry on the moral/social justice issues of providing excellent, inclusive care globally to our vulnerable populations. “We service all who walk through our doors, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion or ability to pay.”

The ranking system also introduces new metrics such as “inclusivity” of patient care, in addition to unusual metrics such as pay equity between administrators and staff, and programs specific for the communities hospitals are located in. In Mott Haven that includes the Greenmarket on E. 149th Street, the Guns Down Life Up anti-violence program, and home visits for asthma patients.   

Lincoln’s Chief Nurse Officer, Lillian Diaz, said the honor was well-deserved.

“Anyone can come to Lincoln Hospital and receive exceptional healthcare services,” said Diaz. “That is the essence and spirit of what we do.”

Lincoln is part of New York City Health + Hospitals, the country’s largest public health care system. 

Among the study’s findings, Lincoln: 

• Scored 100 for civic leadership, making it tops in the country; #1 out of 3,282 hospitals.

  • Ranks 17th of 142 hospitals reviewed in NYS and 634 of 3,282 acute care hospitals in the country. 

•  Ranks # 2 in civic leadership. 

• Lincoln ranked in the 98th percentile for pay equity.

• In the 99th percentile for community benefit.

• Ranks #1 for inclusivity.

• For value of care Lincoln was ranked 958 of 3282 nationally and 52 of 142 in NYS.

• Lincoln scored in the 71st percentile for avoiding overuse of low value services. 

• 87 of 142 in the state for patient outcomes.

• In the 97th percentile for patient safety, tops in New York State.