Wake Forest Baptist Recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
Wake Forest Baptist Medical
was acknowledged for its leadership and commitment to provide quality, equitable
and inclusive patient- and family-centered health care to all.
concert with National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, the Human Rights Campaign
released the results of its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
The HEI scores health care facilities across the country for their leadership and
commitment to providing LGBTQ patient-centered care based on four key areas:
patient, visitation and employment non-discrimination; staff training, patient
services and support; patient and community engagement; and employee benefits
addition to these basic criteria, health care facilities are also rated in
adoption of best practices around LGBTQ and transgender patient services and
support, patient self-identification and medical decision making.
year, Wake Forest Baptist earned designation of “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality”
as determined by the Healthcare Equality Index.
HEI Leader designation is a true honor and recognition of Wake Forest Baptist’s
commitment to LGBTQ patient-centered care at Wake Forest Baptist,” said Cheryl E.H. Locke,
vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Medical Center.
“We are pleased and proud of our efforts to improve health for all in our LGBTQ
community. We look to grow and improve these efforts throughout our system to continue
to meet the needs of our LGBTQ patients and their families.”
HEI was developed in 2007 to meet the need for knowledgeable, equitable,
sensitive and welcoming health care for the LGBTQ community without fear of
discrimination, refusal of care or variation in normal care procedures due to
year, the annual online survey evaluated 590 participating health care
facilities nationwide. Of this number, 51 percent – 302 facilities – were
designated as leaders.
22, North Carolina has the third highest number of LGBTQ health care leaders in
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