Scripps Health’s five hospital campuses have each been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. The survey is used to evaluate inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
For the fifth consecutive year, Scripps hospitals earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate the health system’s commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care and respect they deserve.
“At Scripps, we believe in treating every individual with dignity and respect,” said James E. LaBelle, MD, Scripps Chief Medical Officer. “This distinction by the HRC Foundation further demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care to our diverse patient population," Dr. LaBelle said.
Scripps hospitals were among a select group of health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including 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, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming health care. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, HRC president. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Scripps Health for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.ogr.
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