Atlanta, Ga. (July 11, 2013) – Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013 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.
Piedmont Atlanta earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.
“Every patient trusting us with their care deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” said Les Donahue, president and CEO of Piedmont Atlanta. “At Piedmont, we put the patient first and strive to maintain an environment that values and respects all differences.”
Piedmont Atlanta was one of a select group of 464 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.
“We take the responsibility of being an inclusive community resource seriously,” said Vicki Cansler, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, who oversees Piedmont’s cultural competency and diversity programs. “At Piedmont, our commitment goes beyond having a policy in place and we work to demonstrate our commitment by providing equitable, inclusive care daily.”
In addition to a formal commitment to treating all patients with concern for personal dignity and human relationships, Piedmont Atlanta also is a supporter of Gay Pride, The Health Initiative: Georgia’s Voice for LGBTQ Health, employs many LGBT employees and is a resource for support and guidance on LGBT issues, domestic-partnership practices and other diversity policies to several metro-area medical facilities.
“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” said HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “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.