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Segregated Hospitals

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The nonprofit Lown Institute has ranked 3,200 hospital systems across the country based on racial inclusivity, i.e., what their patient mix was in terms of race and socioeconomic status. It found stark differences between the most and least inclusive hospitals, which often were just miles apart.

For example, the most racially inclusive hospital, Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City, is not far from a hospital deemed among the least racially inclusive: Lenox Hill. Metropolitan serves 77% people of color while Lenox Hill serves 33%.

The study noted that many hospitals deemed among the best in the country in other rankings were among the least racially inclusive. The report found that Atlanta, Chicago and Manhattan were among the most racially segregated cities when it came to hospitals.

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