Newark Beth Israel Named Top Hospital for Racial Inclusivity, #4 in the Nation

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has been named most racially inclusive by the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank.  Newark Beth Israel ranks fourth on the list and is the only hospital in New Jersey to rank among the top ten.

“These findings recognize our dedication to equity in healthcare. At Newark Beth Israel we understand the disproportionate impact that healthcare disparities have on the communities we serve. As an anchor institution in the South Ward and the greater Newark area we are committed to addressing those disparities and creating true equity for our diverse patient populations,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is an RWJBarnabas Health facility committed to being an anti-racist organization. The hospital has created several employee and physician forums for discussions on race, it is an HEI designated facility that fosters equity and inclusion for LGBTQ patients, and the hospital recently named its first ever Chief Equity Officer, Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, MHA.

The Lown Institute assessed 3,200 hospitals in the United States. Lown then scored each hospital based on how well the demographics of the hospital’s community area matched the demographics of its Medicare patient population.

The rankings found that, even within the same urban area, some hospitals served significantly more diverse populations than others. At the top 50 most inclusive hospitals, people of color made up 61 percent of patients on average, compared to 17 percent at the bottom 50 hospitals.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is a Top Teaching Hospital and home to one of the nation’s top 15 heart transplant centers, which has performed more than 1,100 heart transplants. NBI has been designated a World’s Best Hospital-USA by Newsweek and has six consecutive “A” grades for safety from The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure and ventricular assist device and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Newark Beth Israel is home to RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs complex cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is also home to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), which cares for children from birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health and The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community, including The Beth Greenhouse, which provides access to fresh produce and health and wellness education to local residents.