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West Jefferson Medical Center named Louisiana’s most Socially Responsible Hospital.

West Jefferson Medical Center named Louisiana’s most Socially Responsible Hospital.

Marrero, LA — West Jefferson Medical Center has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. West Jefferson Medical Center 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.

West Jefferson Medical Center ranked #1 out of 76 hospitals in Louisiana and #329 nationally on the Social Responsibility metric out of 3637 hospitals. According to the Index, the hospital also received “A” grades in equity and value. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.

“Creating a socially responsible culture, while focusing on delivering quality healthcare to our community, is our goal at West Jefferson Medical Center. We are honored to rank #1 in the state of Louisiana and to receive an overall “A” grade from the Lown Institute in the areas of patient safety, patient satisfaction, health equity, value of care, inclusivity, and avoiding overuse,” says Rob Calhoun, President and Chief Executive Officer at West Jefferson Medical Center. “None of this would be possible without our team members who strive daily to create a healthier future for not only our Westbank community, but also the entire state of Louisiana.”

“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 total 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. Full methodology can be found on the Lown Index website.

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About West Jefferson Medical Center

Founded in 1956, West Jefferson Medical Center (West Jefferson) is a 419-bed community hospital located in Marrero, La. As a full-service medical center, West Jefferson offers comprehensive programs for preventive, emergency, acute and rehabilitative care with a medical staff of more than 450 physicians and a complement of 1,700 employees and many volunteers. The medical center enjoys national awards for clinical excellence across many of its subspecialties.

West Jefferson is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system serving the healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast region. LCMC Health currently manages award-winning community hospitals including Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital, East Jefferson General Hospital, University Medical Center New Orleans, and West Jefferson Medical Center.