Oak Park, IL (October 23, 2014) — Rush Oak Park Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.
Rush Oak Park Hospital earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality healthcare and respect they deserve.
“This is a great honor,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “The designation as a leader in LGBT healthcare speaks to the initiative of the hospital and staff. We are committed to improving access to LGBT knowledgeable healthcare providers, improving healthcare resources for the LGBT community and implementation of LGBT best practices.”
Rush Oak Park Hospital was one of a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
“Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation celebrates Rush Oak Park Hospital for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit Human Rights Campaign's website.