The Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that works to promote a healthier environment that all can access, recently released their annual list of the most socially responsible hospitals in America. Among the hospitals recognized was Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, who received an “A” grade on the Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility.
“I am incredibly proud of what this designation means for the Medical Center as our mission is to bring healthcare directly to those who need it most, particularly those who have historically been underserved and disenfranchised,” said Deborah Visconi, President & CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “We will continue to lead efforts to eliminate barriers to care in our community and to be stewards of health equity while continuing to provide high quality healthcare and behavioral health services to all who need them.”
The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is in its fourth year of existence, where it remains dedicated to only using measurables that it feels create a safe and socially responsible hospital when creating their list. Some of the measurables include racial inclusivity, community investment and pay equity.
“Good hospitals make their patients healthier, but socially responsible hospitals make their communities healthier too,” said Vikas Saini, MD, President, Lown Institute. “These are the hospitals America needs right now—hospitals that can set and achieve ambitious goals for serving their entire community.”
For a hospital to be featured on this list is a great accomplishment as it shows that they have displayed exemplary work in all of the listed measurables, helping them contribute to a healthier and more responsible community.