MetroHealth Highlighted as Ohio’s Most Socially Responsible Hospital
The MetroHealth System is Ohio’s most socially responsible hospital, according to the Lown Institute’s 2022 list of America’s most socially responsible hospitals.
MetroHealth ranks 15th on Lown’s list of 66 U.S. hospitals that earned “A” grades across all measures of health equity, value and outcomes. Community benefit, cost efficiency and clinical outcomes are just a few of the metrics measured.
MetroHealth was also one of the highest-ranked hospitals serving urban areas in the country, according to the study.
“While we do this work for the good of our patients and community and not awards, we are honored and gratified our work is recognized,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “Our mission remains to provide hope, health and humanity to everyone in the community.”
The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first ranking of hospital social responsibility, evaluating more than 3,000 hospitals. Less than two percent earned top marks across all categories.
MetroHealth offers numerous community-based programs that many of you work with or support, such as:
· The Institute for H.O.P.E., which focuses on healthy families and thriving communities; transformative knowledge and education; and innovative practices.
· The School Health Program, which provides essential care to children at the most convenient place possible – their school.
· Community testing and vaccinations. For instance, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our teams went to homeless shelters and other locations that served vulnerable populations.
“Citizens put their lives and billions of tax dollars in the hands of America’s hospitals,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “We believe communities should have high expectations and the most socially responsible institutions should be lifted up as models for the system.”
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.