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Date Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

HealthAlliance Hospital Earns “A” Ratings for Social Responsibility, Health Equity, Value of Care and Community Benefit

HealthAlliance Hospital among best in nation at serving its patients and community, according to healthcare think tank

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KINGSTON, N.Y. (August 16, 2023) –– HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. HealthAlliance Hospital achieved this honor through strong, A-grade performances across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, value of care and community benefit, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide.

“This recognition is the result of exceptional clinical skills coming together with tireless dedication to patient care,” said Josh Ratner, Chief Executive Officer of Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley and Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of WMCHealth. “Health equity is a central tenet of our WMCHealth mission, and it comes as no surprise that HealthAlliance Hospital earned A grades in these categories. Congratulations to our team at HealthAlliance Hospital and thank you to the Lown Institute for recognizing the dedication of our workforce.”

According to the Lown Institute, the rankings are independent and hospitals neither apply nor pay to be listed.

“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.” 

The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility, according to the organization, 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 evaluated 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. 

Learn more at www.LownHospitalsIndex.org.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.