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St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital Earns “A” for Social Responsibility on National Ranking

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HOUSTON (July 21, 2023) – St. Luke’s Health-Sugar Land Hospital has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. St. Luke’s-Sugar Land achieved this honor through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide. 

St. Luke’s-Sugar Land ranked 35 out of 258 hospitals in Texas and 271 nationally on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, the hospital also received “A” grades in Equity and Outcomes. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.

“We are pleased to receive the highest possible grade for social responsibility from the Lown Institute,” said Steven Foster, president of St. Luke’s South Houston market. “This recognition speaks to the remarkable dedication of our caregivers and staff as we deliver quality care with humankindness every day.” 

“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 is the only ranking to include metrics of health equity and value of care alongside patient outcomes, creating a holistic view of hospitals as tota community partners. In the fourth annual and largest set of rankings to date, the 2023-24 Lown Index evaluates 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. The full methodology can be found on the Lown Index website. 

The Lown Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that generates bold ideas for a radically better system of health.

Learn more at www.LownHospitalsIndex.org.

About St. Luke’s Health

St. Luke’s Health is home to 16 hospitals covering Houston, Brazos Valley, Brazosport, and Lufkin and includes Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the research and teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. St. Luke’s Health is also home to the Texas Heart ®Institute (THI), the top ranked heart center in Houston, and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, a nationally accredited, NCI-designated cancer center. Its integrated network of care includes more than 380 employed and 1,600 clinically aligned network providers, and more than 21,000 employees, providers, interns, and volunteers delivering high value, nationally-ranked quality care within a Christian ministry of healing. St. Luke’s Health is a member of CommonSpirit Health, a national nonprofit, Catholic health system with more than 140 hospitals covering 21 states and delivering care to more than 12.3 million patient visits annually. Learn more at stlukeshealth.org.

 

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