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Date Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Date Updated: Friday, April 12, 2024

HealthAlliance Hospital Recognized Nationally for Fair Share Spending

HealthAlliance Hospital among 20 percent of hospitals nationwide meeting - or exceeding - obligations for community investment, according to healthcare think tank

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KINGSTON, N.Y., (April 2, 2024) –– HealthAlliance Hospital has been recognized by the Lown Institute as a 2024 Top Hospital for Fair Share Spending, a distinction that places HealthAlliance Hospital among only 20 percent of hospitals nationwide meeting—or exceeding—its obligations for community investment. This is the second recognition in as many years that HealthAlliance Hospital has earned from the Lown Institute.

“This recognition is a reflection of WMCHealth's commitment to put the priorities of our patients and communities first,” said Josh Ratner, Chief Executive Officer of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley and Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of WMCHealth. “An area of focus for us has been the creation and expansion of partnerships with community-based organizations in order to expand access to quality care.  In recent times we’ve collaborated with People’s Place, the YWCA and YMCA of Ulster County, the Point of Praise Family Life Center and other organizations to get wellness education and information directly into our community.  In addition, we have invested in hospital-based services, such as Level III trauma care, to better serve our friends and neighbors.

Lown Institute

“Congratulations to our team at HealthAlliance Hospital and thank you to the Lown Institute for recognizing the successful efforts of my colleagues at HealthAlliance Hospital.”

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

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index, according to the organization, is the first ranking to measure meaningful community investment for nonprofit hospitals nationwide. The Lown Institute calculated fair share spending for more than 2,400 nonprofit hospitals, based on 2021 IRS Form 990, by comparing the estimated value of hospitals’ tax exemptions to the amount spent on financial assistance and meaningful community investment—including community health improvement activities, contributions to community groups, community building activities, and subsidized healthcare services. 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.