Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Earns National Recognition as a 'Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality'
July 15, 2013
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 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.
Jefferson 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.
“We are extremely proud to be named a leader in healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Pamela Teufel.
To be recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” TJUH was required to meet four key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for (1) LGBT patients and (2) employees, (3) a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and (4) LGBT health education for key staff members.
“Jefferson is fully committed to inclusiveness and diversity and this honor demonstrates the level of that commitment,” says Teufel. “These imperatives are at the core of our values and drive everything we do to provide equitable and unbiased care for our patients, and a safe and empowering environment for our employees.”
Jefferson was one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It is one of only eight facilities in the state of Pennsylvania to earn a place on the list of 464 nationwide healthcare organizations and one of only two hospitals in Philadelphia to receive this recognition.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.