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Sonoma Valley Hospital in Top 1% for Social Responsibility Earns “A” on National Ranking

July 31, 2023

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Sonoma Valley Hospital in Top 1% for Social Responsibility Earns “A” on National Ranking
Sonoma Valley Hospital among best in the nation at serving its patients and community, according to healthcare think tank.

July 25, 2023 — Sonoma Valley Hospital 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 the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Lown evaluated more than 3,600 hospitals and Sonoma Valley Hospital is among only 54 nationwide to earn Honor Roll status with “A” grades in all top categories.

Sonoma Valley Hospital ranked 2 out of 282 hospitals in California and 14 nationally on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, our hospital also performed well on Community Benefit, Patient Safety and Avoiding Overuse metrics. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed.

Sonoma Valley Hospital President & CEO, John Hennelly, says, “As a vital part of Sonoma, SVH is committed to serving the whole community to the best of our ability. We are pleased to receive recognition for our unwavering commitment to provide outstanding care.”

“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 4th 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. Full methodology can be found on the Lown Index website.

The Lown Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that generates bold ideas for a radically better system of health. Learn more at

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