UNMH Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013National Survey

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM Hospitals (UNMH) 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 Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

Top marks were given to UNMH for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare. UNMH 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.

“We strive to ensure every UNMH patient receives the safest, most effective, most sensitive medical care possible, regardless of the patient’s race, ethnicity, or any other group identity,” asserts Steve McKernan, CEO, UNM Hospitals; UNM Health System COO.“Data collection and analysis; community collaboration; cultural ‘competence’ training, education and consulting; and process improvement are a sample of the tools we use to minimize health disparities in all of our clinical facilities.”

The annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is used by healthcare organizations nationwide to strengthen the care they give LGBT patients and families. The HEI is an online survey open for participation August-February annually. Created in 2007, the HEI has been designed to meet the needs of all healthcare organizations seeking to provide optimal care to LGBT patients and to meet CMS and Joint Commission requirements related to this increasingly visible group.

For more information about UNM Hospitals’ Diversity Programs, visithttp://hospitals.unm.edu/dei/index.shtml. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, visithttp://www.hrc.org/hei/#.UfAB8YE6yW9.
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322