Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Committed to Equity. Committed to All.

At Saint Luke’s, we celebrate people. All people. Our teams, our patients, our neighbors across the metro and beyond. From the heart of the historic Country Club Plaza to the nearby farming communities of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Iola, Kansas, the Saint Luke’s family looks like the communities we serve. Rich in culture and deeply American in our kaleidoscope of color, culture, identity, life experiences, and values. 

We’re proud to be one of the country’s first hospitals to prioritize health equity in order to advance care. It’s part of our proud heritage. But, more than that, we’re proud of our work today. For people of color. For the LGBTQ community. For those managing the daily struggles of a physical or behavioral health condition. These are our people; all of them. And we celebrate them all.


Our goal is always health care excellence. That means a commitment to equity and to every individual who needs compassionate care and support—either in our hospitals as a valued patient or team member, or out in the communities as a neighbor we’re honored to serve.

A Promise to Patients

Patients and families in our care become extended members of the Saint Luke’s family. That means they should never expect less than dignity and respect. No matter their background, life experiences, or beliefs. Regardless of race, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental disability, and veteran status. That’s our promise.

To make sure this promise is kept, the Saint Luke’s Patient and Family Advisory Council is here. Committed to listening to all voices, this Council fosters collaboration between Saint Luke’s and its patients with one goal in mind: keep improving the patient experience. Learn more about the Saint Luke's Patient and Family Advisory Council.

More than an Ally, An LGBTQ Leader

From our history as a Kansas City AIDS Walk sponsor every year since its inception in 1998 to our growing transgender roadmap of care offerings, Saint Luke’s consistently shows its PRIDE as an ardent supporter of Kansas City’s LGBTQ community. 

Healthcare Equality Index LGBTQ Leader 2020


Since 2014, Saint Luke’s hospitals have consistently been designated as an Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care to LGBTQ patients.

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Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is the one of the few Kansas City providers to receive the highest possible rating by Missouri’s PROMO for our welcoming policies for LGBTQ patients.

Saint Luke's providers at the Transgender Day of Visibility event
Physicians and other staff members represent Saint Luke's at the Transgender Day of Visibility event.

In need of specialized LGBTQ care? Learn more about Saint Luke’s offerings and how you can connect with other local support organizations. Additionally, learn more about Saint Luke’s services, specific for transgender patients

A Team of Equals

We know the more diverse the voices are around the table, the better the decisions will be in the end. That goes for the board room, the exam room, and any room in the Saint Luke’s Health System.

We not only acknowledge the many ways our team members are different; we celebrate them. We empower our team to use their well-trained minds and the personal qualities and experiences that make them uniquely them. Our team is heard and included, and they are empowered to make our hospitals better for every individual.

We are a direct reflection of the people we serve. From our staff to our business partners, we’re dedicated to a culture that values our differences and enables anyone to rise, so long as their passion is the mission and their skills are Saint Luke’s strong. 

As a result of our diversity and inclusion initiatives, Saint Luke’s has been recognized by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Kansas City, Project Equality, and The Kansas City Business Journal, which named the health system among the Best Places to Work.

Learn about our career opportunities.

Partners in Progress

Our commitment to inclusion goes beyond the frontlines; it extends to our diverse network of suppliers and vendors. We do this with intent to support the economic growth of our multi-faceted communities and build relationships with quality minority- and women-owned businesses. 

Saint Luke’s looks for business partners offering:

  • Advanced technologies providing high-quality care to patients.
  • Products and services ensuring an industry leading position for the health system.
  • Processes and services that will keep our business running efficiently.

A few of Saint Luke’s minority- and women-owned business partners include:

Kenton Brothers Inc.
kentonbrothers.com
 

Perfect Output, LLC
perfectoutput.com
 

Perfect Output, LCC dba Laser Equipment 
laserequipment.com
 

Scrubs PRN, INC dba Scrub Hub 
scrubhubkc.com
 

Technology Group Solutions, LLC
tgs-mtc.com
 

Wordbird, LLC
wordbirdllc.com
 

VisionMinder
visionminder.com
 

Learn about our business partnership opportunities.

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Saint Luke’s Health System earns “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation in HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index at all system campuses
Saint Luke’s Health System announces its “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.