Newark University Hospital No. 10 for Community Investment

NEWARK, NJ — Newark University Hospital was ranked No. 10 in the nation in the first-ever Community Benefits Ranking of the Lown Hospitals Index, which measured hospitals’ willingness to invest in community health.

The rankings were released last week by the Lown Institute, a national, nonpartisan health care think tank which, according to its literature, believes that a radically better health care system is possible and is generating bold ideas in this goal.

According to Lown, the ranking examined 3,641 hospitals based on their Medicaid revenue, charitable care spending and other investments that directly benefit the community, such as health clinics, housing and food security.

In a statement on his findings, Lown said that while nonprofit hospitals are receiving significant tax breaks, many are not making commensurate investments in community health. But the hospitals at the top of the list are making those investments.

Shereef Elnahal, CEO of University Hospital, said the appearance on the list indicates the hospital is delivering on its promises.

“Since I arrived here over two years ago, I have told the Newark community that they will be prioritized in all of our necessary change efforts: we deliver,” he said. “The Newark Accords call for this hospital to do more than just serve as a health care provider in our community – and we are doing that.”

According to Elnahal, the hospital better serves the community by focusing on programs such as: working with the Group Buying organization to increase diversity spending, creating plans to hire and buy locally, and through a health equity working group, set specific goals, timelines and metrics. to diversify leadership, promote from within, and challenge implicit biases in many other areas.

The hospital has also invested in a community health-focused partnership with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, according to a statement.

“There should be no doubt that at University Hospital, community health is not just part of what we do, but is at the very heart of our mission,” Elnahal said.

The Lown Institute said data sources for the ranking included hospital cost reports filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and IRS Forms 990, both from 2018.

Elnahal said the University Hospital’s community health efforts have only accelerated since information was collected for the study.

Recently, University Hospital has been actively working to vaccinate residents of Newark and surrounding communities against COVID-19, addressing disparities among them, according to a statement. University Hospital traveled to Newark neighborhoods to deliver the vaccine to residents.

The hospital also held a health and wellness festival in May, providing COVID-19 vaccines to those who were eligible. Additionally, blood sugar, colon cancer, blood pressure and vision screenings were part of the Health and Wellness Festival.

The hospital also provided clinical oversight for FEMA’s Newark Vaccination Megasite and spearheaded the state’s mobile vaccination efforts.

The top 10 hospitals in the Lown Hospital Index Community Benefit Rankings were:

  1. Paradise Valley Hospital (National City, CA)
  2. Elmhurst Hospital Center (Elmhurst, New York)
  3. Queens Hospital Center (Jamaica, New York)
  4. Metropolitan Hospital Center (New York)
  5. Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center (Brooklyn)
  6. Leonard D. Chabert Medical Center (Houma, Louisiana)
  7. NYC Health + Hospitals Coney Island (Brooklyn)
  8. Lallie Kemp Medical Center (Independence, Louisiana)
  9. Zuckerberg General Hospital of San Francisco (San Francisco)
  10. University Hospital (Newark)

Jill E. Washington