Durham, NC—For the second year in a row, Duke Regional Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader 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) organization. In HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index 2013 report, Duke Regional earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their loved ones, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care.
“At Duke Regional Hospital, our mission and our commitment is to each and every patient—regardless of a person’s background,” says Kerry Watson, president of Duke Regional. “When coming to our hospital, whether for a medical need or as a visitor, our patients and their loved ones can expect the highest quality, culturally competent care that respects who they are as individuals.”
Duke Regional was one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care. Duke 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 Shane Snowdon, HRC Health and Aging 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 information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.org/hei.