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NYC Health + Hospitals Recognized in Washington Monthly's "Best Hospitals for America" Rankings

NYC Health + Hospitals ranked 6th nationally for civic leadership and 32nd for value of care out of 306 systems evaluated

Five of the City's 11 public hospitals are ranked in the top ten list for civic leadership and four are ranked in the top ten for value of care

Jul 20, 2020

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that several of its hospitals have been recognized for their civic leadership and value of care by Washington Monthly Magazine’s “Best Hospitals for America” ranking. NYC Health + Hospitals ranked sixth nationally for civic leadership and 32nd nationally for value of care out of 306 systems evaluated, according to a new hospital evaluation system unveiled by Washington Monthly. The rankings, which were produced in conjunction with the Lown Institute, a non-partisan health care think tank, focus on hospitals serving patients and communities. The rankings rated hospitals in three areas: civic responsibility, patient outcomes, and value of care. Five of the health systems 11 hospitals were ranked in the top ten list for civic leadership and four ranked in the top ten for value of care.

“As the city’s public hospital system, we take care of all New Yorkers proudly, understanding that healthcare is a human right and should be extended equally to all,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “I am proud to be recognized for the great care our health system provides, and our civic commitment to communities that historically have been unfairly excluded from accessing healthcare remains unwavering.”

“It’s honor to be recognized by a new hospital ranking that takes under consideration not only the level of care provided, but how inclusive a health system is in providing care to everyone in a community,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Eric Wei, MD, MBA.

NYC Health + Hospitals acute care facilities that ranked in the top ten list for civic leadership by Washington Monthly included:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

The following hospitals ranked in the top ten for value of care by Washington Monthly:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

“Public hospitals are critical to the public health system and their communities, and New York City’s are among the best in the world,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals’ staff and leadership throughout the City for this important recognition.”

“It is always wonderful when the rest of the nation recognizes what we already know. NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx is a phenomenal resource for our community in the Northwest Bronx and I am so proud of their recognition as one of Washington Monthly‘s’ ‘Best Hospitals for America,'” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. “Congratulations to Cristina Contreras and her hardworking leadership team at North Central Bronx as well as at NYC Health + Hospitals, for this recognition and for their incredible work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Kudos!”

Washington Monthly collaborated with the Lown Institute to create the “Best Hospitals for America” rankings. The publication used data drawn from the Lown Institute Hospitals Index not only to measure how well hospitals care for their patients, but also to gauge the contributions hospitals make to the country and communities. The rankings used three main criteria. First, patient outcomes: a hospital’s patient mortality, safety, and satisfaction record. Second, civic leadership: the degree to which a hospital treats patients with the same income and other demographics as its surrounding community; how much it contributes in community benefit, from providing charity care to building and operating free clinics; and how much it pays its senior executive compared to its frontline workers. Third, value of care: how much a hospital overuses low-value tests and procedures.

To learn more about the Lown Institute Hospital Index, visit https://lownhospitalsindex.org/rankings/?state=NY.