Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ranks 4th in nation for value

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BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), ranked fourth out of 3,282 hospitals nationwide for the value of care, according to the Lown Institute Hospitals Index.

The hospital also earned an A+ overall, highest among Vermont’s 10 hospitals.

“We are particularly proud to have been ranked so highly for value, which is not often considered by other healthcare ranking organizations,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO.

According to the Lown Institute website, some hospitals provide health care services that are unnecessary, expensive, and even harmful.

Unneeded or ineffective procedures, tests, scans, and medications can cause physical harm and waste resources.

This overuse is known as low-value care.

The practice increases healthcare costs and puts patients at risk.

The index evaluates how often hospitals deliver 13 commonly overused services, including over prescribing, over screening, and unnecessary procedures.

It grades the hospitals based on the likelihood that they are delivering care appropriately.

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is a new project of the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that conducts research, convenes experts, and sparks public debate to bridge the gap between existing public policy surrounding healthcare in America.

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is a new kind of hospital ranking, one that takes into account the full breadth of what hospitals do.

It evaluates hospitals’ performance based on how well they treat their patients, their commitment to providing high-value care, and their investment in community health.

SVMC’s cumulative ranking placed it 136th nationwide, in the top 4% of hospitals nationally.

Additionally, the hospital ranked 19th out of 516 small hospitals (50 – 99 beds) in the United States.