New national ranking assesses quality, value and civic leadership of U.S. hospitals

Gulfport, MS – Garden Park Medical Center has been named the top hospital in Mississippi by the Lown Institute, a healthcare think tank founded by cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, in its Lown Institute Hospitals Index.

The new index honors hospitals for both their excellence in serving individual patients and for their role in advancing equity in their communities. It is the first ranking of its kind to include metrics like inclusivity, pay equity, avoiding overuse and civic leadership in evaluating hospital performance. Garden Park was the highest-rated hospital of the 56 facilities in Mississippi included in the study.

“At a time when communities are relying on them like never before, hospitals must rethink what it means to be great,” said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute. “COVID–19 highlights how hospitals are essential community partners for anyone in need. To be great, however, a hospital cannot only provide care that’s high in quality. It must also deliver value and advance equality. Our index is designed to help them do just that.”

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index shows how nearly 3,300 U.S. hospitals compare on 42 performance indicators. The measures fall under three categories:

  • Civic Leadership, which assesses a commitment to equity, inclusion and community health;
  • Value of Care, which measures use of unnecessary services; and
  • Patient Outcomes, which evaluates patient safety, satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, as we know our responsibility to our community extends beyond these hospital walls,” said Randy Rogers, Garden Park’s CEO. “We work hard to not just provide highquality care, but also improve life for everyone on the Gulf Coast. It is wonderful for our staff and physicians to see that effort validated with this ranking.”

This is the latest quality accolade earned by Garden Park, which earlier this year was awarded its fourthstraight “A” in The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade.

The Lown Index results are available at, where people can compare hospitals based on location, hospital type and metric. It is also the data source for the Washington Monthly’s &ldqou;Best Hospitals for America” issue, released simultaneously.

The index uses data from a wide variety of sources, including the 100 percent Medicare claims datasets (MEDPAR and outpatient), Internal Revenue Service pulled from Community Benefit Insight database, Healthcare Cost Report Information System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, public records, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other databases.

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About Garden Park Medical Center

Garden Park Medical Center is a 130-bed acute care facility located at the intersection of I-10 and Hwy. 49 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The hospital provides an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services, including 24-hour emergency room services. The hospital is an affiliate of HCA Healthcare., the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services with more than 187 hospitals and 115 outpatient centers in 20 states and England. Garden Park is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. The facility offers some of the most comprehensive services in Harrison County, featuring all private rooms with a number of specialty services, including Seasons Behavioral Health Center, Family Birth Center, Level III Trauma Center, family practice and internal medicine clinics, the Wound Healing Center and more. For more information, visit

About The Lown Institute

Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, developer of the defibrillator and cardioverter, the Lown Institute focuses on health care issues such as medical overuse and underuse, health equity, and cost of care. The Institute believes a radically better system of health is possible and advances bold ideas to achieve this. Learn more at