Capital Health Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently earned national recognition from the Lown Institute as one of the most socially responsible hospitals in America. In the Lown Hospital Index, a report by the Institute that evaluated 3,010 hospitals across the nation, RMC ranked 13th in the U.S. based on metrics across three main categories: equity, value, and outcomes. RMC is one of 75 hospitals that made the Lown Index Honor Roll by earning “A” grades in all three of those categories and ranks third among 62 hospitals in New Jersey that were evaluated by the index.
“Capital Health Regional Medical Center has a history of providing care to the people of Trenton and surrounding areas that goes back more than 130 years,” said Dr. Eric Schwartz, vice president of Community Health and executive director of Capital Health’s Institute for Urban Care. “This ranking by the Lown Institute demonstrates our unwavering commitment to community health in Mercer, Bucks, and Burlington counties and reaffirms our role as a leader in providing high-quality, equitable care.”
The Lown Institute, founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Bernard Lown (developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter) is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts research to help bridge the gap between existing public policy solutions and improved access to care for all Americans. The Lown Hospital Index is the first ranking to assess the social responsibility of U.S. hospitals by applying measures never used before, such as racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse (how well hospitals avoid unnecessary tests and procedures), and pay equity (how well hospital staff are paid compared to executives), among others.
Capital Health Regional Medical Center has a long history of serving central New Jersey and Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The hospital includes a state designated comprehensive stroke center (part of Capital Institute for Neurosciences), the Level II Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center (one of only 10 designated trauma centers in New Jersey), and Mercer County's designated Emergency Mental Health Services Center. RMC also provides inpatient and outpatient radiology services, dialysis, and numerous other medical services. To learn more, visit capitalhealth.org.