Editor's Note: UC San Diego Health System released the following announcement on June 19, 2012.
UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The academic health system earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care.
“On behalf of UC San Diego Health System, I would like to express our pride in receiving this national recognition,” said Margarita Baggett, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer and interim chief operating officer at UC San Diego Health System. “We are committed to the equitable and inclusive care of all patients and families who visit our medical centers. Compassion is at the heart of what we do.”
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.
UC San Diego Health System was congratulated by HRC Family Project Director Ellen Kahn. “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 health care facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
UC San Diego Health System was one of a select group of 234 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality.
The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBT organization. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.org/hei.