This article was originally posted as a Brigham and Women’s Hospital press release.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) are recipients of the 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality designation from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the ninth time. The HRC is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
“We are committed to continuously updating our policies and practices to ensure that Brigham Health remains an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients, employees, families, and friends,” said Meredith Solomon, co-chair of the Brigham Health LGBT and Allies employee resource group.
“We’re proud to receive this designation for the ninth consecutive year,” added Pothik Chatterjee, co-chair of the group. “Continued efforts will focus on reducing disparities around transgender care, developing LGBT health competencies for providers, improving the collection of patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity, and the development of institution-wide policies and signage,” Chatterjee said.
A record 590 healthcare facilities actively participated in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2017 survey, and the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals. The 10th edition of the HEI implements new criteria that raise the bar on what it takes to earn the HRC’s Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality designation. For the first time ever, HEI participants are given scores in four criteria that represent how many policies and best practices from each section they have implemented: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. BWH is one of 303 hospitals that received the maximum score in each section for a total score of 100 points, earning the coveted status of 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
“The 2017 HEI reminds us again that though we have made tremendous gains over the past decade, there is still much more work left for us to do. With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 590 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community. For the past decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every healthcare facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”
The HRC Foundation is the education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.