Equity of Care


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, racial and ethnic minorities will become a majority of the nation’s population in 2042. Currently, Maryland is the seventh most diverse state in the country, with racial and ethnic minorities accounting for 46.2 percent of the population. Despite this diversity, stubborn disparities persist when it comes to health care.

That’s why the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is participating in the national effort to eliminate health care disparities. MHA is working with its member hospitals to secure their commitment to the national Equity of Care campaign, launched by five national health care associations (American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, America’s Essential Hospitals and Catholic Health Association of the United States).

The campaign aims to improve the quality of care for every patient by:

  • increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data
  • increasing cultural competency training
  • increasing diversity in governance and leadership

Hospitals that commit to the campaign pledge to:

  • Choose a quality measure to stratify by race, ethnicity and language preference (to jumpstart this effort, MHA is providing each hospital in Maryland with a handful of quality measures that have already been stratified by race, ethnicity and language)
  • Determine whether a health care disparity exists, and if so, implement a plan to address the gap
  • Provide cultural competency training for all staff or finalize a plan to ensure staff receives cultural competency training
  • Have a dialogue with the hospital board and leadership team on how the organization reflects the community it serves, and what actions can be taken to address any gaps if the board and leadership do not reflect the community


Click here to sign the Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. After you complete the online pledge form, please email Dana Bonistalli at MHA to have your hospital's information included in the table below.

Maryland Hospital Participation in the Equity of Care Campaign
(100 percent of Maryland acute care hospitals, as of April 28, 2016) 

Acute Care Hospital Pledge Date (Week of)
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center 12/14/15 
Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital 12/14/15 
Anne Arundel Medical Center 12/14/15 
Atlantic General Hospital 3/21/16 
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System 7/20/15
CalvertHealth Medical Center 1/11/16
Carroll Hospital Center 10/12/15 
Doctors Community Hospital 1/11/16 
Fort Washington Medical Center 11/9/15 
Frederick Regional Health System 10/5/15
Garrett Regional Medical Center 10/5/15
Greater Baltimore HealthCare System 11/30/15 
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital 11/9/15 
Holy Cross Hospital 7/23/15 
Howard County General Hospital 8/17/15
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 8/17/15
Johns Hopkins Hospital 8/17/15
McCready Health 11/2/15 
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center 3/14/16 
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital  10/5/15
MedStar Harbor Hospital 3/14/16 
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center 12/14/15
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center 11/9/15 
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital 11/16/15 
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 10/5/15
Mercy Medical Center 10/12/15
Meritus Medical Center 2/8/16 
Northwest Hospital 10/12/15 
Peninsula Regional Medical Center 9/21/15
Saint Agnes Hospital 2/1/16 
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore 10/12/15 
Suburban Hospital 8/17/15
Union Hospital 11/16/15 
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center 1/18/16
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center 2/29/16
University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital 3/7/16
University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital 4/26/15
University of Maryland Medical Center 1/11/16
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus 1/13/16
University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center 4/26/16
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown 3/7/16
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester 3/7/16
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton 3/7/16
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center 4/4/16 
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center 3/7/16
Western Maryland Health System 10/5/15 

Specialty Hospital Pledge Date (Week of)
Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health and Wellness Services 12/14/15 
Adventist HealthCare Physical Health and Rehabilitation 12/14/15