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Suburban Community Hospital Earns “A” for Social Responsibility in National Ranking

Suburban Community Hospital among best in the nation at serving its patients and community, according to Lown Institute


East Norriton, PA (07/18/2023)—Suburban Community Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, has been recognized by the Lown Institute as one of the most socially responsible hospitals in America, receiving “A” grades in Health Equity, Value, and Outcomes on its 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Lown evaluated more than 3,600 hospitals and Suburban Community Hospital is among only 54 nationwide to earn Honor Roll status with “A” grades in all top categories.


Suburban Community Hospital ranked #3 out of #127 hospitals in Pennsylvania and # 26 nationally out of 3,637 hospitals in the U.S. on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, the hospital also performed well on Health Equality, Value of Care, Patient Outcomes, Clinical Outcomes, Patient Safety, Inclusivity, Avoiding Overuse, Cost Efficiency and Top 5 in Pennsylvania for Social Responsibility and Inclusivity metrics. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.


“We are honored to be ranked on the Lown Index Honor Roll for straight “A’s” in Social Responsibility, Equity, Value, and Outcomes,” said Jim Hazlett, CNO of Suburban Community Hospital. “Every day, our hardworking staff commit themselves to our mission to ensure that we provide the highest quality care to the people in our community, especially those most in need.”


“Few hospitals are able to deliver high-quality, high-value care while prioritizing equity at the same time,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “That’s why it’s so important to hold up the hospitals on our Honor Roll 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 Suburban Community Hospital – Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted, and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit

About the Lown Institute: Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter, the Lown Institute believes that a radically better system of health is possible and generates bold ideas towards that goal. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is a signature project of the Institute and features measures never used before like racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse, and pay equity.