OHSU Named LGBT Healthcare Leader

LGBT Healthcare Equality

For the third year in a row, OHSU 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 (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

OHSU earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare. It 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.

Ninety-three percent of HEI 2013 participants explicitly prohibit discrimination againt lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, and a record 87 percent ban discrimination against transgender patients. Additionally, 90 percent of respondents explicitly grant equal visitation rights to same-sex couples and same-sex parents. This represents a significant increase since the Department of Health and Human Services issued rules in 2011 requiring all hospitals that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding–nearly every hospital inAmerica – to protect the visitation rights of LGBT people.

The HEI 2013 required participating facilities to document that employees in key work areas had received expert training in LGBT health needs. As a result, nearly 5,000 health care personnel nationwide, including senior administrators, participated in training provided through the HEI, a unique educational initiative.

In 2012, OHSU facilitated several training sessions for leaders, managers and staff members about providing patient-centered care for LGBT people. The live webinars were hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

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