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Sonoma Valley Hospital named among nation’s most socially responsible.
For the third year in a row, Sonoma Valley Hospital is among the 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 Equity, Value, and Outcomes on the 2024-25 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Out of more than 3,500 hospitals measured by Lown, only 5% achieved honor roll status, with Sonoma Valley Hospital ranking among this select group of high performers.

Sonoma Valley Hospital ranked 2nd out of 258 hospitals in California and 10th nationally on the Social Responsibility metric. According to the Index, our hospital also performed well on Cost Efficiency, Clinical Outcomes, 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 an essential part of Sonoma, SVH is committed to serving the whole community and are pleased to receive recognition for our commitment to provide excellent care. We are extremely proud to have maintained “A” grades in Social Responsibility, Value of Care, and Cost Efficiency for 3 years running.”

“Great care is only great if everyone can access it,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “We need hospitals that are not only leaders in clinical care, but also strong community partners—and the hospitals at the top of our list are showing the way.”

The 2024-25 Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the only ranking to combine metrics of health equity and value of care alongside patient outcomes, offering a holistic view of hospitals as total community partners. Lown’s fifth annual Index evaluates hospitals on over 50 measures, including novel metrics such as community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoidance of overuse. Data sources for quality and patient outcomes 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. 

The Lown Institute is an independent think tank advocating bold ideas for a just and caring system for health. Learn more at

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