University of Miami Hospital Named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in National Survey

University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital for UHealth-University of Miami Health System, has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT 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 honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

University of Miami Hospital 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.

“This designation is a significant point in our journey toward inclusive excellence, and it builds upon the important work of Dr. Christopher Salgado, who performs gender-affirming surgeries at University of Miami Hospital,” said Stephan Davis, Executive Director of Professional Practice, who led the institution’s effort to achieve the honor.

“In the current health care landscape, celebrating diversity and striving for inclusion is paramount and saves lives,” said David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., CEO of University of Miami Hospital.

University of Miami Hospital is one of a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded the designation must 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 University of Miami Hospital for its tireless 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 new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

More information about the Healthcare Equality Index and a free copy of the report are available here.

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