Hospitals Again Recognized As Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality
Madison, Wisconsin - For the second year in a row, UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital have been recognized as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report.
The annual survey is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.
Both hospitals earned top marks for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.
"I am very proud that we have received this recognition," said Ron Sliwinski, President and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics. "We are not only committed to providing the best care anywhere but to also be the employer of choice in our community and beyond. Knocking down barriers that stand in way of a great workplace and a healing environment is an important focus for our organization."
UWHC and AFCH were among a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide and only 12 health care facilities in Wisconsin to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several 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.
"American Family Children's Hospital is committed to be a national leader in patient- and family-centered care," says Jeff Poltawsky, Senior Vice President of American Family Children's Hospital. "We strive, everyday, for our care to be culturally competent for all children and families. The education and training that we provide our staff on the unique needs of the LGBT community has assisted us in becoming more effective in the delivery of pediatric healthcare."
"Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day," said Chad Griffin, HRC president. "LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
Date Published: 10/17/2014