Cook County Health’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital has been named the #1 most racially inclusive hospital in Illinois and #5 most inclusive hospital in the nation by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index.

“Cook County is committed to dismantling the systematic inequities that negatively impact our Black and Brown communities, whether they are in health care, education, or the judicial system,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “This recognition demonstrates our longstanding efforts to provide high-quality care to all residents of Cook County, regardless of race, immigration status or ability to pay.”

Located on Chicago’s west side, Stroger Hospital serves a diverse urban population and is home to one of the country’s busiest Level I trauma centers.

“Our health system has a national and international reputation for our cutting edge clinical services, research, and medical education programs, but it is our mission to care for all that truly sets us apart from other health systems. Equity has been at the core of our mission for nearly two centuries. It is an honor to be acknowledged for outstanding racial inclusivity and the strides we are making to ensure equitable access to care for all,” said Israel Rocha, Jr., CEO, Cook County Health.

The 2022 Lown Institute Hospitals Index racial inclusivity metric measures how well more than 2,800 US hospitals serve people of color in their surrounding community based on Medicare claims and the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey from 2020.

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