Jefferson and Abington Hospitals Recognized as 'Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality'
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has again recognized Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and for the first time, Abington Hospital, as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016.
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’re honored to be viewed as a leading care provider to the LGBT community,” said Joseph Hill, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “The caregivers at Jefferson continue to work hard at providing cultural competent care for all people in all communities.”
“Many LGBT patients report receiving poor treatment or experiencing bias in healthcare settings,” added Sabrina Harris, JD, MBA, Director, Diversity and Inclusion. “They may look for subtle cues in the environment to determine acceptance. This designation acknowledges that Jefferson and Abington Hospitals are inclusive environments where ALL patients are treated with dignity and respect.”
Jefferson and Abington were two of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet all four criteria -- 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, employment non-discrimination, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
Visit the Healthcare Equality Index 2016 for more information and to download a free copy of the report.
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