Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
This is the third consecutive year that the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare system has been recognized in the report, with honors for both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospitals. Both hospitals were commended for their commitments to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and families who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare. The report also recognized the inclusive work environments which offer access to domestic partner benefits and same-sex networking and support groups.
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. Only 426 healthcare facilities nationwide were recognized as leaders in the report.
"Creating an inclusive environment for our patients, their families and staff is fundamental to our Patients First mission," said Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. "Our recognition for the third consecutive year underscores our ongoing commitment to the equitable and dignified treatment of all those who deliver and receive Northwestern Medicine's care."
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare was named a leader after demonstrating its ability to meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and training in LGBT patient-centered care for key staff.
To further meet the needs of the LGBT community, several Northwestern Medicine outpatient centers employ physicians who specialize in the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. They strive to educate both patients and other medical providers about the unique healthcare needs of LGBT patients. They are also strong advocates for creating a welcoming environment where their patients can receive quality non-judgmental care. To find a physician or make appointment, visit the website or call 312-926-0779.
Beyond its commitment to serving LGBT patients, Northwestern Memorial also strives to provide an inclusive work environment for its employees with nondiscrimination employment policies and same-sex domestic partner benefits. An affiliate-wide networking group called the Northwestern Chicago Out Network exists for the support and encouragement of LGBT faculty, staff, students, fellows, and residents on the Northwestern Chicago campus.