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Humboldt Park Health makes history as the first Midwest hospital to earn Healthcare Equity Certification from the Joint Commission


Chicago, April 24Humboldt Park Health, formerly known as Norwegian American Hospital, proudly announces its achievement of the Healthcare Equity Certification from The Joint Commission. This ground-breaking and prestigious certification makes Humboldt Park Health the thirteenth hospital in the country, the first in Illinois, and the first in the Midwest, to receive this recognition, marking a significant milestone in the organization’s commitment to equitable healthcare.

The Joint Commission’s Healthcare Equity Certification Program acknowledges organizations prioritizing healthcare equity as a strategic imperative. It recognizes institutions that collaborate with patients, families, caregivers, and external stakeholders to identify and address healthcare disparities, ultimately improving health outcomes for all communities.

“Everyone deserves high-quality healthcare that meets their needs, no matter their background, income, ZIP code or any other factor — and Humboldt Park Health is making that mission a reality,” said State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago). “I’m proud of the work HPH is doing to center health equity in our community. Their commitment makes them shine as the first hospital system in the Midwest to secure this historic designation.”

“As the 26th Ward Alderperson, I proudly congratulate Humboldt Park Health on becoming the thirteenth hospital nationwide and the first in the Midwest to achieve the healthcare equity certification established by The Joint Commission,” said Jessie Fuentes, 26th Ward Alderperson. “This milestone reflects their unwavering commitment to addressing disparities in healthcare access, particularly the poor and uninsured. I commend their leadership and staff for championing equity in our

community’s healthcare landscape, and I stand ready to support their ongoing efforts to ensure every resident receives the care and support they deserve.”

The journey towards achieving this certification has been a multi-year endeavor, reflecting Humboldt Park Health’s steadfast dedication to promoting health equity and addressing healthcare disparities. By embracing a patient-centered approach and fostering partnerships with diverse stakeholders, Humboldt Park Health continues to advance its mission of delivering high- quality, accessible, and equitable healthcare to the community.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend our enormous appreciation to every hospital member for attaining the Health Equity Certification,” said Richard A. Blabolil, Chair of Humboldt Park Health Board. Our daily pursuit of providing quality healthcare and wellness services, fostering a familial spirit, and nurturing our community’s culture is central to our mission. Being recognized for this commitment by The Joint Commission is a tremendous honor.”

“It is with immense pride and great delight that we celebrate Humboldt Park Health’s historic achievement as the first hospital in the Midwest to receive the Healthcare Equity Certification from The Joint Commission”, said José R. Sánchez, CEO and President of Humboldt Park  Health. We are honored to be recognized as a leader in healthcare equity has always been to address inequalities in healthcare. This certification einforces our steadfast commitment to ensuring health equity, inclusivity, compassion, and respect for every community resident. This accomplishment is a testament to the tireless efforts of our entire team and our unwavering commitment to all individuals we serve.

The Healthcare Equity Certification underscores Humboldt Park Health’s ongoing commitment to advancing health equity and promoting positive health outcomes for all individuals. The organization looks forward to continuing its collaboration with patients, families, and community partners to ensure equitable access to healthcare services and eliminate disparities in healthcare delivery. For more information about Humboldt Park Health and its healthcare equity initiatives, please visit www.hph.care

About Humboldt Park Health:

Humboldt Park Health (HPH), formerly known as Norwegian American Hospital, has been a cornerstone of healthcare in Chicago for over 125 years. As a leading healthcare provider on the city’s west side, Humboldt Park Health is committed to delivering exceptional, patient-centered care that addresses the diverse needs of the community. The organization’s comprehensive services include primary care, specialty care, emergency services, behavioral health, and wellness programs, all aimed at promoting health equity and improving the overall well-being of individuals and families. Committed to the well- being of our residents, we actively engage in community outreach programs and events to foster a healthier and more connected neighborhood. We are an independent safety-net healthcare provider on Chicago’s west side.

Additional information about HPH’s mission and services is available at www.hph.care