Chicago, Ill. – July 11, 2013 – Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was today named a leader in providing equal health care services for the LGBT community for 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Health Care Equality Index (HEI) report for a fifth consecutive year.
The first Chicago-area hospital to have been recognized by the HEI five years ago, Advocate Illinois Masonic was again recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the annual survey conducted by the HRC, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.
Advocate Illinois Masonic earned top marks for its policies and practices related to LGBT patients and their families, as well as employees. A select group of 464 U.S. hospitals were named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality, according to the report. Advocate Illinois Masonic was one of only nine health care providers in Chicago to have been recognized. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents and LGBT health education for key staff members.
“We’re proud to once again be recognized with such distinction by the HRC,” said Marc Senesac, vice president of Human Resources for Advocate Illinois Masonic. “As we’re located in the heart of Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, the historic center of the city’s LGBT community, we’ve had a long history of treating every patient, family member and associate with the dignity and compassion they deserve.”
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was congratulated by HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.
About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010 and 2013. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2013 Truven Health Analytics Top 15 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit www.advocatehealth.com/masonic.
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