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Yale New Haven Hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access”

Thursday, June 6, 2024

New Haven, CT (June 6, 2024) Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s as a “Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access.” This designation recognizes YNHH for its success as a high performing hospital providing excellent care to patients in underserved communities.

“We are very proud and pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their inaugural listing of the best regional hospitals for equitable access,” said Katherine Heilpern, MD, president, Yale New Haven Hospital. “Yale New Haven Hospital has always been at the forefront of groundbreaking initiatives with a national healthcare reputation as an industry leader, delivering quality medical care for all patients regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender. On behalf of our entire staff, we thank U.S. News & World Report for this public acknowledgement of our hard work and commitment to those we serve. We strive every day to make high-quality healthcare accessible to all populations.”

U.S. News identified 53 hospitals that received a Best Regional Hospital designation in 2023 and met at least two of the following criteria: 1) had 40 percent or more of its patients from a community of greater socioeconomic deprivation (according to the Area Deprivation Index), 2) served 20 percent or more racial/ethnic minority patients or was in the highest tier in at least 1 of 5 measures of racial and ethnic patient representation and 3) served 20 percent or more Medicaid patients or was in the highest tier in the measure of low-income patient representation.

“Recognizing community hospitals that lead in this respect is a modest but necessary step toward ensuring everyone in the U.S. has access to high-quality medical care. U.S. News' recognition of the Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access highlights the important and necessary work hospitals are doing to improve care for underserved communities,” said Tavia Binger, senior health data analyst at U.S. News. “This positive representation of community hospitals' dedication to equitable access across 26 states is promising. However, this recognition also underscores the need for continued focus on prioritizing health care among vulnerable populations who may face numerous social and economic challenges in receiving care.”

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. www.ynhh.org