The MGH is proud to be recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in its Healthcare Equality Index 2013. The hospital earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families in the annual survey, conducted by the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBT organization.
“Since 2008, when we first participated in this annual survey, we have looked at the Healthcare Equality Index as an opportunity to learn where we can better serve our patients,” says Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources. “We are very proud of the work that has gone into our attaining ‘leader’ status, but we know that there are always ways to make our hospital a more welcoming place for everyone, and we will continue in those efforts.”
The MGH was one of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for
LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation rights for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon congratulated the MGH: “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 health care 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 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.
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