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Erie County Medical Center Named Among the Top 50 Hospitals in the United States for Racial Inclusivity

BUFFALO, NEW YORK —Erie County Medical Center has been named among the top 50 hospitals in the United States for racial inclusivity. The Lown Hospital Index has developed the first ranking to examine the racial inclusivity of over 3,200 hospitals in the country to assess their success at serving the people of color living in their communities.

Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter, the Lown Institute, based in Boston, MA, advances civic leadership, accountability, and value in health care. The Institute believes a radically better system of health is possible and generates bold ideas to that aim. The Lown Hospitals Index, a signature project of the Institute, is the first hospital ranking focused on civic leadership and includes measures like inclusivity by race, avoidance of overuse, and pay equity.

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, ECMC President and CEO said, “ECMC continues to prioritize racial diversity, equity and inclusion, both in the care of our patients and the composition of our workforce. This national ranking by the prestigious Lown Institute is gratifying and affirms our focus on strengthening ECMC’s leadership in programs and policies that promote racial equity and inclusivity.  In 2018, we formally created the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within our institution, reporting directly to the Office of the CEO to ensure the comprehensive development and implementation of programs and initiatives to benefit our diverse workforce. In addition, we are proud of our foundational support of the community-based African-American Health Equity Task Force, reinforcing ECMC’s commitment to initiatives that contribute to a more equitable, inclusive and healthy community.”

To view the Lown Institute’s ranking and methodology for racial inclusivity, please visit:

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION:  The ECMC Corporation was established as a  New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has  included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true care™.

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