Einstein Again Recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”
Einstein Healthcare Network has again been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
Each year, the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, releases the results of its survey recognizing healthcare organizations that are doing the best work to encourage equal treatment of LGBT individuals.
“Einstein was first named to the Healthcare Equality Index in 2014, but the idea of creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all patients has been the core principle of our organization since we opened our doors 150 years ago,” says Barry R. Freedman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Einstein Healthcare Network. “This recognition underscores our dedication to valuing the differences of others and to providing equal and respectful treatment for everyone who delivers or receives care at Einstein.”
Einstein was commended for its commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and families who, at times, face challenges in accessing quality healthcare. Organizations recognized on the Healthcare Equality Index must meet certain criteria, including having 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 training for staff members.
Einstein Healthcare Network continually seeks innovative ways to serve diverse communities. One successful initiative is the Pride Clinic established by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia offering the LGBT community a professional, safe and caring home to receive OB/GYN healthcare.
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities resources designed to help provide equal care to the LGBT community, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training. This year, a total of 496 facilities across the country, are included in the 2016 Healthcare Equality Index. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, go to www.hrc.org/hei.