July 17, 2013
Rush University Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index
(HEI) for the fifth consecutive year.
The report, released on July 11, is an annual survey of United States health care facilities regarding treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families as well as their own employees.
Rush is one of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality Facilities. Those awarded the 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.
The Diversity Leadership Council 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.