UNC Medical Center, UNC REX Healthcare recognized with HRC Award for LGBT-Inclusive Policies

UNC Medical Center and UNC REX Healthcare receive “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” designation in Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— UNC Medical Center and UNC REX Healthcare have each been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, 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.

“We are thrilled that a record number of healthcare facilities have committed to providing fully LGBT-inclusive healthcare for the patients they care for each year, as well as to protecting their LGBT workers from discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “I commend leaders of these inclusive facilities for using HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index as a roadmap, and for advancing equality in health care for our nation’s LGBT patients, their families, and for medical providers and caregivers. We still have much work to do to achieve full equality, but today we have a record number of leaders setting an example for other healthcare facilities across our nation.”

A record 2,061 healthcare facilities are rated in the HRC Foundation’s 2016 HEI survey, up 37 percent from the last survey. UNC Medical Center and UNC REX Healthcare were among a select group of 496 healthcare centers 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.  

"Healthcare facilities like UNC Medical Center and UNC REX Healthcare are making tremendous strides toward LGBT patient-centered care,” said Tari Hanneman, author of the HEI and Deputy Director of the HRC Foundation’s Health and Aging Program. “They are joining an increasing number of  hospitals and medical centers across the nation committing to fully LGBT-inclusive policies for both their patients and their employees.”

Read the full HEI report here.

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