2022 Winning Hospitals


The most racially inclusive hospitals in America during the first year of COVID.

View a recording of our launch event featuring Brenda Battle, MBA, BSN; Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH; Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC; and Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute.

The Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility is the first rankings program to examine the racial inclusivity of America’s hospitals and determine their success at serving the people of color in their communities. This is the third year racial inclusivity results have been released and the first time that data from COVID years has been included. (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.

Key Takeaways

  • Fifteen U.S. cities have racially segregated hospital markets with 50% or more of hospitals overserving or underserving communities of color.
  • Many of the most segregated cities for hospital care were much less segregated when it came to the treatment of COVID patients. In other words, the racial demographics of COVID patients were much more likely to match that of the community.
  • Patients receiving elective procedures skew disproportionately white, which may be a driver of inequity in hospital access. Seventy percent of hospitals had worse racial inclusivity for elective patients than for their patient population as a whole.

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