Our patients come from many races and cultures, speak many languages and practice many religions.
No matter what the person's background, it's our job to respect and respond to a person’s culture while giving the best possible care. We created the following statement as a reminder and enforcer of our commitment:
HealthEast will not discriminate in public accommodation, or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or genetic information.
HealthEast seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive provider of care, providing optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.
Here are some examples of what HealthEast is doing to provide culturally-responsive care:
- We are collecting information about our patients' race, ethnicity and language preferences to link that information to patient outcomes. This will assure all our patients receive the same high quality care. Fewer than 20% of American hospitals have taken these actions.
- We have dramatically increased the number of foreign language interpreters at HealthEast and substantially improved language access across HealthEast Care System.
- We now provide signage throughout HealthEast's four hospitals that is made up of universal symbols instead of the written word to direct patients and their loved ones throughout the hospitals. No matter what your native language, these universally-recognized symbols will lead them to where you need to go.
- More than 500 HealthEast leaders and staff members have gone through cultural competence training. Find more about workforce diversity in our Careers section.
- We offer patients and families an interpreter line in more than 150 languages. Simply call 1-888-574-7131 and choose your language, then you can request interpreter service to get assistance in scheduling appointments, communicating with a provider and more.
A leader in LGBT health care equality
HealthEast is the first Minnesota health care network/system to be recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. HealthEast earned top marks for our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.
All cultures; all quality care
Every individual deserves the highest quality of care, and HealthEast staff members are committed to providing compassionate service that respects the dignity of each person and welcomes all faith traditions, cultures and communities. Toward this end, HealthEast welcomes physicians, nurses, other professionals, staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and cultures and seeks to establish and maintain policies, practices and attitudes that are respectful, culturally responsive and inclusive of the communities we serve.
Culturally responsive care ties directly to our HealthEast Quality Measures. All of our quality efforts are based on the Institute of Medicine aims.