2021 Winning Hospitals


Which hospitals are the most inclusive in America and what can we learn from their leadership?

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index is the first ranking to examine the racial inclusivity of over 3,200 U.S. hospitals to assess their success at serving the people of color living in their communities.  (press release | methodology

To create the rankings, the Institute assessed how well the demographics of a hospital’s Medicare patients matched the demographics of the hospital’s surrounding communities. Hospitals underserving communities of color got lower rankings. Some of the most and least racially inclusive U.S. hospitals are located in the same cities.

Watch our launch video featuring Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Equity Officer of the American Medical Association, Harriet Washington, medical ethicist and author of Medical Apartheid, and Dr. Richard Besser, CEO and President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Key Takeaways

  • Racial segregation is common in urban hospital markets. Many major cities have a high proportion of hospitals at each end of the inclusivity rankings.
  • The most and least inclusive hospitals serve very different patient populations. In the top 50 most inclusive hospitals, people of color made up 61 percent of patients on average, compared to 17 percent at the bottom 50 hospitals.
  • Many elite hospitals performed poorly on racial inclusivity. Among the 20 US News Honor Roll hospitals, 11 ranked in the bottom third for racial inclusivity. Five hospitals ranked in the top third.

Media inquiries should be directed to Aaron Toleos, vice president of communications for the Lown Institute, at atoleos@lowninstitute.org.