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Presbyterian ranked second in nation among health systems by Lown Index

August 25, 2020 Featured Press Release

Presbyterian Healthcare Services received an A+ overall and was named second among 305 health care systems by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, a new national ranking of U.S. hospitals and health systems.

The Lown Institute, a Brookline, Mass.-based nonpartisan think tank created the Lown Institute Hospitals Index to help hospitals better serve and support their communities. The Index shows how nearly 3,300 U.S. hospitals compare on 42 performance indicators. The measures fall under three categories:

  • Civic Leadership, which assesses a commitment to equity, inclusion and community health;
  • Value of Care, which measures use of unnecessary services; and
  • Patient Outcomes, which evaluates patient safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes.

Presbyterian received A or A+ grades on all three measures, scoring highest in the categories of inclusivity, patient safety and avoiding overuse measures.

“Presbyterian has served New Mexicans since 1908, a commitment that includes an intense focus on the safety and experience of patients inside our hospitals and clinics, as well as a strong commitment to addressing the health-related social needs of our communities,” said Tim Johnsen, senior vice president of hospital operations at Presbyterian. “We are honored to be recognized by the Lown Institute for our approach.”

The ranking includes Presbyterian hospitals across New Mexico.

“Creating an inclusive environment for New Mexico’s diverse population of patients and members, as well as our employees, is incredibly important for us,” said Michele Reeves, vice president and chief inclusion and diversity officer at Presbyterian. “We hope to see more efforts like this one that provide information on how health care systems are actively addressing equity.”

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