Mazzoni Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization.
Mazzoni Center earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.
Mazzoni Center Executive Director Nurit Shein said, “As an organization whose mission is to serve the LGBT community with dignity and compassion, we are proud to be counted among the national leaders in healthcare equality.” She added, “It is particularly exciting to see a significant increase in participation from healthcare facilities across the nation in this year’s survey, which indicates that more and more providers across the U.S. are working to ensure access to high-quality, culturally appropriate care for LGBT Americans.”
Mazzoni Center was one of a select group of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.
HRC Family Project Director Ellen Kahn congratulated Mazzoni Center and the other healthcare facilities that earned this honor in 2012, saying, “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 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.