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Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey Hospitals – based in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township – have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for their success in caring for patients in historically underserved communities. The inaugural “Best Regional Hospital Awards for Equitable Access” honors community hospitals' dedication to equitable access. Jefferson’s NJ hospitals have formal programs in place to address health disparities, including providing language access for those with limited English proficiency and services for community members with health-related social needs.

“This is a wonderful recognition, and it demonstrates our commitment to providing world-class care to everyone in our community,” said Aaron Chang, FACHE, President of Jefferson Health – East Region. “Our mission is to improve lives --- and we take that mission very seriously.”

U.S. News & World Report’s analysis of all current Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. identified 53 hospitals in 26 states achieving excellent outcomes among disadvantaged communities. These hospitals are recognized for providing certain vulnerable populations with substantial access to high-quality care.

“The Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access demonstrate by their example that a hospital can both excel in overall quality of care and also provide a substantial amount of that exceptional care to historically underserved communities,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. “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.”

The publication identified 53 hospitals nationwide 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.