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Sherman Oaks Hospital among best in the nation at serving its patients and community, according to Lown Institute

July 20, 2023 — Sherman Oaks Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Sherman Oaks Hospital 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. 

Sherman Oaks Hospital ranked 88th out of 248 hospitals in California and 884 nationally on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, the hospital also received “A” grades in Patient Outcomes, Patient Safety and Top 5 in California for Value of Care. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.

“Being recognized as California’s most socially responsible hospital by the Lown Institute is a true testament that we are continuing our mission of delivering compassionate and quality care to our patients and to our communities that closes the healthcare equity gap for our underserved populations,” said EM V. Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Sherman Oaks Hospital. “We are honored to be recognized among the leading hospitals in the nation for our commitment to social responsibility, health equity, value, and outcomes.”

“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.” 

Sherman Oaks Hospital’s continues to receive national recognition for the quality of care it provides to the community. It recently earned two American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for the treatment of heart disease and stroke. The hospital has also received Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades for the eighth year in a row, placing it in the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation.

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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