Methodist Hospitals Named # 1 in Indiana for Racial Inclusivity

Methodist Hospitals Named # 1 in Indiana for Racial Inclusivity

Methodist among best in the nation at serving its patients and community, according to healthcare think tank

Methodist Hospitals has been recognized by a non-partisan health care think tank for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2024-25 Lown Institute Hospitals Index.  Methodist achieved this honor through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide. 

Methodist ranked # 8 out of 71 acute care hospitals in Indiana on the Social Responsibility Index, and is ranked #1 in the state and in the top 10 nationwide on racial inclusivity. According to the Index, the hospital also ranked # 5 in Indiana in Health Equity and received “A” grades on its patient outcomes and cost efficiency metrics. These are independent rankings and hospitals do not apply or pay to be listed. 

“We are gratified that, for the second year in a row, our efforts to bring excellent care to our diverse community with an equally diverse staff have been recognized by the Lown Institute,” said Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Matt Doyle.  

“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 these socially responsible hospitals are showing the way.”

The Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the only ranking to combine metrics of health equity and value of care alongside patient outcomes, for more than 2,700 acute care and 800 critical access hospitals nationwide - offering a holistic view of hospitals as total community partners. In the fifth annual rankings, the 2024-25 Lown Index evaluates hospitals on over 50 measures including novel metrics such as community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoidance of overuse. Data sources 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

About Methodist Hospitals: Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been healing Northwest Indiana for more than 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Women & Children’s Services, Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency services, Immediate Care Centers, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.