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Rush University Medical Center: No. 8 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Hospital Systems

Hospital Information

U.S. Headquarters: Chicago
U.S. Employees: 8,500
Last Year’s Top 5 Hospital Systems Ranking: Not in Top 5

Why It’s on the List

The Chicago-based hospital system and university, a first-time participant, uses a diversity scorecard to measure its human-capital and supplier-diversity results. Its Executive Diversity Council, which meets monthly, sets diversity-and-inclusion goals for the entire organization.

While many hospitals have a largely female workforce, Rush’s commitment to gender diversity reaches the top of the organization. In all three of its top levels, its percentage of women is double that of the DiversityInc Top 50 average.

Rush has a formal mentoring program that is called Diversity Mentoring because one of its key objectives is to match people who are different because of role, title, gender, ethnicity or age. The program has measurable goals, and 68 percent of participants are in cross-cultural roles. Mentors have cultural-awareness training. The top two levels of the organization participate as mentors.

The organization has four resource groups. They are available to all employees, including hourly workers, and a senior executive is a member of each group. The groups advise the council on diversity-training objectives. At Rush, diversity training is mandatory for all employees.

Diversity Leadership
Dr. Larry J. Goodman

“Rush University Medical Center is located in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse area of Chicago and our patient population, which draws from throughout Chicago and our surrounding suburbs, reflects that. In order for the members of the Rush community to be able to work well together and to provide our patients with effective, appropriate care, we strive to make Rush a place where personal differences are accepted, understood, respected and valued. This culture of inclusiveness also is an essential part of preparing the students of Rush University to provide care for the country’s increasingly diverse population. We can’t always see the world through the eyes of others—but we can always listen and learn about what they see.”

Terry Peterson
Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs
Chair, Diversity Leadership Council

“At Rush, there is a genuine recognition of the importance of the differing perspectives and experiences of our diverse employees. Together, they provide us with far greater knowledge and understanding in caring for our patients and educating our students than any one group alone ever could. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion therefore goes beyond the necessary work of ensuring Rush is free of discriminatory barriers of any kind to helping each of us recognize the value of our differences and to try to truly understand each other’s way of looking at things.”