Valley Medical Center (VMC) has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. VMC earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who often face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.
“In many healthcare environments the LGBT community faces challenges in obtaining equitable, inclusive treatment,” says Barbara Mitchell, Senior Vice President, HR and Marketing, Valley Medical Center. “That is not true at VMC. Whether you are a LGBT patient, family member, visitor, potential employee or seasoned staff – you are fully respected and welcome.”
VMC was one of a select group of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.
VMC was congratulated by HRC Family Project Director Ellen Kahn. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.