2 urban N.J. hospitals top national rankings for social responsibility

Two New Jersey for-profit hospitals — CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark — were ranked as the Top 2 hospitals in the country for health equity, according to the Lown Hospital Index for Social Responsibility.

Getting high marks in the index is difficult.

Out of more than 3,000 hospitals ranked, only 75 achieved Honor Roll status by earning “A” grades in equity, value and outcomes, the three metrics used to determine overall social responsibility.

Many well-known hospitals struggled to achieve top grades on the index due to weak equity scores.

Dr. Alan Sickles, the CEO of Saint Michael’s, said the hospital was thrilled by the recognition.

“Saint Michael’s has long prided itself on providing exceptional health care to the community we serve,” he said. “We are extremely proud to be recognized as being among the most socially responsible hospitals in America.”

Here are the top hospitals in Lown’s Index for Social Responsibility:

  1. Carepoint Health-Christ Hospital (Jersey City)
  2. Saint Michael’s Medical Center (Newark)
  3. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (Baltimore)
  4. Oroville Hospital (Oroville, Ohio)
  5. University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus (Baltimore)
  6. UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
  7. Mercy Hospital Clermont (Batavia, Ohio)
  8. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (Gresham, Oregon)
  9. Banner-University Medical Center South Campus (Tucson, Arizona)
  10. East Liverpool City Hospital (East Liverpool, Ohio)