Valley Medical called LGBT leader

Valley Medical Center in south King County is one of four UW Medicine hospitals recognized today as leaders in respecting healthcare equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT organization.

Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center also met criteria for inclusion in the 2013 Healthcare Equality Index, the HRC’s list of U.S. inpatient facilities.

“Our hospitals take pride in creating a welcoming environment and providing inclusive care to all patients and families,” said Johnese Spisso, chief health system officer, UW Medicine, and vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington. “We are proud to demonstrate UW Medicine’s commitment to equal access for LGBT community members.”