Jefferson Health

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Recognized as Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

10/17/14

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014.

HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. HRC conducts the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.

"We are extremely proud to be named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for the second year in a row," said Pamela Teufel, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"Our clinical care is founded on a commitment to diversity and inclusion of all of our patients, employees and their families. These imperatives are at the core of our values and drive everything we do to provide equitable and unbiased care for our patients, and a safe and empowering environment for our employees," Teufel continued.

Jefferson earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

Jefferson was one of a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

Media Only Contact:
Gail Benner
Jefferson University Hospitals
Phone: 215-955-6300