Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has been named a top hospital in yet another national ranking. The hospital was named one of the most socially responsible hospitals in America by the Lown Institute. The nonpartisan think tank gave Bergen New Bridge an “A” grade due to its investment in the community and charity.
“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 Institute has been producing the Lown Hospital Index for Social Responsibility for four years. The goal of the index is to rank and evaluate hospitals’ standings in different categories.
“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.”
The index measures aspects of a hospital’s relationship with the community such as racial inclusivity where they evaluate if the hospital cares for all members of the community. It also factors in community benefit and the charitable contributions and community outreach that the hospital does. It also evaluated pay equity by ensuring that hospitals that receive high scores do not have excessive CEO compensation.
For the first time, Medicare Advantage claims have been included when calculating scores and rankings. They evaluate Medicare Advantage claims through hospital costs reports and IRS documents. This year’s scores used data from 2019.