21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one
affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader
in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational
arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)
civil rights organization.
The annual survey, conducted by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.
“Providing a welcoming, supportive environment for every one of our patients, employees and physicians is at the heart of everything we do,” says Jill Ragsdale, Sutter Health’s chief people and culture officer. “It’s a great honor to receive this recognition that shows our steadfast commitment to continually enhance our care for the LGBTQ community.”
The 21 Sutter Health affiliates earning a spot on the 2018 HEI Index include:
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
- California Pacific Medical Center
- Eden Medical Center
- Memorial Hospital Los Banos
- Memorial Medical Center
- Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
- Novato Community Hospital
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation
- Sutter Amador Hospital
- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
- Sutter Coast Hospital
- Sutter Davis Hospital
- Sutter Delta Medical Center
- Sutter Lakeside Hospital
- Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
- Sutter Medical Foundation
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center
- Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
- Sutter Solano Medical Center
- Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
The 21 Sutter Health network affiliates recognized join a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide named as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals.
“With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 626 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community and we commend them for their leadership. For over a decade, the HEI has been the roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families, and we urge every healthcare facility to join us in this continuing effort to provide inclusive care to all.”
For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.