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Leadership Highlighted in Human Rights Campaign’s Health Care Equality Index

Chicago, Ill. – June 30, 2011 – Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was today named a leader in providing equal health care services for the LGBT community for 2011 by the Human Right Campaign Foundation’s Health Care Equality Index (HEI) report for a third consecutive year.

The report details the results of this year’s HEI, an annual survey administered by the HRC Foundation. Advocate Illinois Masonic earned top marks for its policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families. A total of 87 respondents, representing 375 facilities, were rated in the report. Advocate Illinois Masonic was one of only two facilities in Chicago to have been recognized as a leader in the report. Twenty-seven survey respondents (six networks, 14 individual hospitals and seven individual clinics/outpatient facilities) nationally, including Advocate Illinois Masonic, earned the leader designation, demonstrating that they protect their LGBT patients and employees from discrimination, ensure equal visitation access for same-sex couples and same-sex parents through explicitly inclusive policies and provide training for all personnel on LGBT cultural competency.

“We are so proud to once again be recognized by the HRC with this distinction,” said Marc Senesac, vice president of Human Resources for Advocate Illinois Masonic. “That we must treat every patient and family member that walks through our door with dignity and compassion goes without saying. We’ve established ourselves as a leader by including sexual orientation and gender identity directly in our written visitation and employment policies. It’s important to pay attention to the rights and needs of all.”

The HEI focuses on key policies and practices that lay the foundation for a welcoming environment for LGBT patients and families. These policies include: patient and employment non-discrimination, visitation and cultural competency training for staff.

For more information on the Healthcare Equality Index 2011, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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 and 2011 by Thomson Reuters, as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010. The medical center also was named a Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past three consecutive years, as well as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2010. In 2008, the hospital achieved Magnet designation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 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

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