UNM Hospitals has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.
HRC, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, gave UNM Hospitals top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. UNM Hospitals is one of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named leaders in LGBT health care equality.
“UNMH is committed to ensuring that every patient receives the safest, most effective, most sensitive medical care possible regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or any other group identity,” says UNM Hospitals CEO Steve McKernan. “We are very proud of this designation and will continue to promote equitable and inclusive care for all of our patients and their families.”
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 healthcare,” says Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "Leaders in LGBT health care equality are helping to change that, and in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day. HRC celebrates UNM Hospitals for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei. For more information about UNM Hospitals’ Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, visit http://hospitals.unm.edu/dei/index.shtml.