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Lee Health Named Fourth Top Hospital System in the U.S. As One of the Most Socially Responsible by the Lown Institute

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Lee Memorial and Healthpark Hospitals rank #1 in the state of Florida for social responsibility.

Lee Health is proud to be ranked fourth out of 311 health systems in the United States as one of the most socially responsible by the Lown Institute. All Lee Health acute care hospitals also received “A” grades in various metrics. 

This is the health system’s second year in a row ranking in the top five in the country for its commitment to social responsibility and health equity. Lee Memorial Hospital, which includes HealthPark Medical Center under the same license, ranked number one in Florida for social responsibility and was also in the top-5 in Florida for value of care and avoiding overuse. 

The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the only ranking to combine metrics of health equity and value of care alongside patient outcomes, for more than 2,700 acute care and 800 critical access hospitals nationwide. 

The Lown Index evaluates hospitals on more than fifty measures, including community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoidance of overuse. The Lown Institute was launched in 2020 as the first ranking system to assess the social responsibility of U.S. hospitals by applying measures, including diversity, pay equity, and limiting unnecessary procedures and treatments for patients. 

Lee Health as a system of care placed fourth in the U.S. for health equity, value of care and patient safety. 

The Lown Institute awarded Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center “A” Grades in social responsibility, patient outcomes, clinical outcomes, patient safety, inclusivity, and cost efficiency. 

“We are pleased to be one of the top health systems in the U.S. for health equity, value of care and patient safety, and I am proud of our entire team for their commitment to compassionate care in an inclusive environment,” said chief equity and inclusion officer for Lee Health, Selynto Anderson. “It truly makes a difference for our patients when they can receive high-quality care in a supportive environment that feels safe to them, both mentally and physically.” 

The Lown Institute uses publicly available data from Medicare claims, CMS patient safety data, hospital cost reports and other sources. 

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