Emory hospitals named as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | April 1, 2016

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Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital have been recognized as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The recognition also includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, which falls under Emory University Hospital.

Facilities awarded this title must meet four core criteria, including:

  • A patient non-discrimination policy that specifically mentions sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • An equal visitation policy for same-sex partners and their parents;
  • An employment non-discrimination policy that specifically mentions sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Training in LGBT patient-centered care.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey that encourages equal policies and practices for LGBT Americans.

"Our goal is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for our patients and their families, as well as to provide an inclusive workplace for our employees," says Bryce Gartland, MD, CEO of both Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital. "This recognition is instrumental for patient and employee safety and satisfaction, as well as for the quality of care given in the health care setting."

This year, the Healthcare Equality Index is a scored index, using the four core and additional best practices sections to reach a score of 100 points. Facilities that reach 100 points are designated as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

The index is revised annually to incorporate new issues and resources related to LGBT patient-centered care, and "Leader" status is determined each year by an organization’s responses to the Healthcare Equality Index in that year.