Southampton, NY—Southampton Hospital 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 findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. One of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be recognized, Southampton 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.
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. “Southampton Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of quality healthcare to the communities that we serve. We are committed to ensuring that all patients, their families, visitors and staff members are treated with the utmost respect and dignity at all times. We are honored to receive the “2016 Leader in LBGT Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” states Robert S. Chaloner, Southampton Hospital President & CEO.
“Despite 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 Southampton Hospital for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients. Download a free copy of the Healthcare Equality Index 2016 report at www.hrc.org/hei.