Scripps Earns Top Rating for Health Care Equality for LGBT Patients

Scripps recognized for its anti-discriminatory values and practices

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Scripps Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. For the second consecutive year, Scripps earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

“At Scripps, we believe in treating every individual with dignity and respect – this applies to both our patients as well as our employees,” said Victor Buzachero, Scripps corporate senior vice president for innovation, human resources and performance management. “This distinction by the HRC Foundation further demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care to our diverse patient population while at the same time fostering an inclusive workplace.”

Scripps was one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

Scripps was congratulated by HRC Health and Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “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

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