Henry Ford Hospital Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a ‘Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access’

June 14, 2024

DETROIT - Henry Ford Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its inaugural list of "Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access” and joins the list of only 53 hospitals in the country lauded for providing high-quality care to underserved populations.

"We take great pride in our acknowledgment by U.S. News, which underscores our team’s unwavering dedication to serving the underserved in our community," said Ronnie Hall, MBA, MSM, RN, President of Henry Ford Hospital.

U.S. News meticulously selected 53 hospitals for the 2023 Best Regional Hospital designation, all meeting stringent criteria that included having a significant patient population from areas of greater socioeconomic deprivation, serving a substantial percentage of racial/ethnic minority patients, or demonstrating a commitment to Medicaid patients.

“We value our commitment to the community we serve and our duty and privilege to lead in delivering equitable, steadfast care to patients, irrespective of their circumstances," said Dr. Steven Kalkanis, Executive Vice President of Henry Ford Health and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Medical Group.

Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, commended the recognized hospitals, "The Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access set a remarkable example, showcasing that exceptional care can be provided to historically underserved communities while maintaining overall quality."

The acknowledgment by U.S. News highlights the vital efforts of community hospitals across 26 states in ensuring equitable access to quality medical care. Henry Ford Hospital reaffirms its commitment to continue this essential work, striving to enhance healthcare accessibility for all individuals in our community.

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% or more of its patients from a community of greater socioeconomic deprivation (according to the Area Deprivation Index), 2) served 20% 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% or more Medicaid patients or was in the highest tier in the measure of low-income patient representation.

This recognition category stands apart from U.S. News' upcoming annual list, the "Best Hospitals Honor Roll", slated for release later this summer, which celebrates excellence in healthcare across a spectrum of specialties.

For more than 100 years, Henry Ford Hospital has been a leader in advancing medicine and delivering the most innovative treatments. This 877-bed, state-of-the-art academic hospital is recognized for clinical excellence in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, transplant and cancer.

Henry Ford Hospital is staffed by the Henry Ford Medical Group and is recognized as a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Magnet® facility. Consistently ranked among the top five NIH-funded institutions in Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital treats the metropolitan Detroit area as well as individuals who travel from throughout the United States and the world for specialized care.

“Destination Grand,” a centerpiece of the Future of Health development that breaks ground in 2024 includes plans to vastly expand and modernize Henry Ford Hospital with a new one-million-square-foot hospital facility and patient tower.


MEDIA CONTACT: mediarelations@hfhs.org



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