Durham, NC- Durham Regional Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Durham Regional earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care.
“Durham Regional Hospital is proud to offer the same high-quality care to all our patients regardless of their background,” says Kerry Watson, president of Durham Regional. “We encourage and train all employees to provide culturally competent care that respects who our patients are as individuals.”
Durham Regional was one of a select group of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care. Durham Regional includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in its Patient Non-Discrimination Policy and Employment Non-Discrimination Policy, visitation policies explicitly include granting access for same-sex couples and same-sex parents and employees are trained in LGBT patient-centered care.
“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” says Ellen Kahn, HRC Family Project director. “It makes a big difference to know your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.org/hei.