(CHICAGO) – Annually since 2009, Rush University Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report, an annual survey of United States healthcare facilities regarding treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families as well as their own employees. The 2013 report was released on July 11.
Rush is one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality Facilities. Those awarded this title must meet key criteria for equitable treatment, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees; visitation policies that grant same-sex partners and parents the same access as different-sex partners and parents; and training in LGBT patient-centered care for key staff. The HEI survey is administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBT organization.
“Rush is proud to have been among the Leaders in Healthcare Equality since 2009,” says Dr. Larry Goodman, Rush CEO. “Being named a leader in health care equality is demonstrative of Rush’s inclusive culture. It reflects our overall commitment to fostering a culture of respect, inclusion and equal treatment for patients, visitors and employees from all the diverse groups that make up our Rush community.”
“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” says HRC health and aging director Shane Snowdon. “It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to providing you with the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
The Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) at Rush oversees the completion of the annual HEI survey and is proud to have achieved a perfect score on all of the core criteria of the survey for each of the five years that it has participated; a distinction achieved by no more than four hospitals in the country. The DLC is charged with providing direction and guidance for furthering the Rush mission of providing “the very best care for our patients… and enhancing excellence in patient care for the diverse communities of the Chicago area, now and in the future." The group leads initiatives and creates enrichment opportunities throughout the year for learning about diversity and inclusion.
The Healthcare Equality Index 2013 is available online at www.hrc.org/hei.