May 28, 2021
Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, released rankings this week naming the most racially inclusive hospitals in each state. West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho earned the title for the Gem State.
“We were honored to learn about this ranking. It further illustrates our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that has been a long tradition at West Valley. We continue to raise the bar in this area. We are a community hospital, committed to serving all of our patients like family,” said Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer, West Valley Medical Center.
The Lown Institute Hospitals Index examined more than 3,200 hospitals across the nation. The rankings assessed how well the demographics of a hospital’s Medicare patients matched the demographics of the hospital’s surrounding communities.
Becker’s Hospital Review released the rankings. In the article, Lown Institute officials said hospitals received a higher ranking if they had higher patient counts from ZIP codes with greater proportions of nonwhite patients compared to their “community area” radius, defined by “the distance from which about 90 percent of the hospital's Medicare patients travel.”