Mazzoni Center Highlighted in HRC's Healthcare Equality Index 2016
Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that we have been recognized as a "Leader in Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
Mazzoni Center earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein said, “We are proud to be recognized again this year for our commitment to providing first-class care and services in an environment that respects the dignity of each individual patient.”
“For over 35 years Mazzoni has been dedicated to serving the needs of LGBT people in the Philadelphia region,” Shein added. “We believe that healthcare is a human right, and that culturally competent health care should be accessible to everyone. While there remains much work to be done both locally and around the country, it is encouraging to see participation in this survey continue to grow year after year, as other providers recognize the fundamental importance of inclusivity and equity in the provision of care.”
Mazzoni Center is one of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Mazzoni Center for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit: www.hrc.org/hei.