Fox Chase Cancer Center Joins ‘Time’s Up Healthcare’ as a Signatory, Making a Commitment to Equity in the Workplace

PHILADELPHIA (July 29, 2019) – Fox Chase Cancer Center has joined a network of leaders organizing across the healthcare industry to bring safety, equity and dignity to their workplaces for women. By signing the TIME’S UP Healthcare commitment, Fox Chase pledges to cultivate a professional and compassionate workplace environment preventing sexual harassment and gender inequality, while protecting and aiding those vulnerable to harassment and discrimination.

Inspired by the messages of TIME’S UP and galvanized by persistent data on gender inequities in healthcare careers and an entrenched culture of harassment, an energized group of women came together to form TIME’S UP Healthcare. Over the past six months, TIME’S UP Healthcare has grown to a group of 50 founding members and 13 senior advisors and is associated with a network of leading institutions in healthcare, all rallying around a call to increase safety and equity in the industry.

“We will continue to unite with other like-minded organizations and healthcare institutions that have publicly pledged their commitments to safety, equity, and dignity in the healthcare space. When we embrace diversity and are inclusive of women and other underrepresented groups, our workplace is richer and innovation and productivity increases. This not only benefits our faculty and staff but promotes high quality patient care,” said Richard I. Fisher, MD, president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. “At Fox Chase, we strive consistently to foster a collegial environment that welcomes and accepts all. Our people are our greatest asset, and we have no tolerance for any behavior, overt or implied, that constitutes any type of harassment within our institution.”

TIME’S UP Healthcare is also supported by a range of partners including the American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Physicians, Service Employees International Union, American Nurses Association and Council of Medical Subspecialties. These organizations have publicly declared their commitment to TIME’S UP Healthcare’s organizational principles: 1) sexual harassment and gender inequity have no place in the healthcare workplace; 2) every employee should have equitable opportunity, support and compensation; and 3) we cannot address a problem without understanding its scope and impact.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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