July 23, 2014, Brooklyn, NY...Lutheran HealthCare has been named a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) inaugural Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization’s leadership and staff. The health system was honored July 21 at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.
The AHA Equity of Care Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients, and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. In 2011, the AHA joined four national health care organizations to issue a call to action to eliminate health care disparities by focusing on increasing the collection of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increasing cultural competency training; and increasing diversity in governance and leadership.
Photographed above (from left to right) are Gene Woods, executive vice president and COO, CHRISTUS Health; Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO, Lutheran HealthCare; Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO, American Hospital Association.
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Learn more about Lutheran's cultural competence programs here.