UNC Health Care highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013

UNC Health Care named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by national survey.

Media contact: Tom Hughes (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC Health Care 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. UNC Health Care 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.

“Key to providing inclusive care for our patients is providing inclusive treatment for our employees and providers.  We are committed to doing so by policy and practice, and believe that supporting equity for our colleagues will reinforce equity for our patients and public,” said Bill Rotella, Vice President Human Resources for UNC Health Care.

UNC Health Care 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.  

UNC Health Care was congratulated by HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

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