20 Sutter Hospitals and Medical Foundations Named Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Twenty hospitals and medical foundations within Sutter Health’s integrated, not-for-profit network earned recognition as an “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” 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 designation was awarded in the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released today.
The 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 the highest quality care for every patient and creating a supportive work environment where our employees and clinicians can reach their full potential reflects our organization’s mission, vision and values,” says Jill Ragsdale, Sutter Health senior vice president and chief people and culture officer. “We are honored to receive this recognition of our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of our LGBTQ+ patients, employees and communities and to serve them with excellence and compassion.”
The 20 Sutter affiliates earning a spot on the 2019 HEI Index include:
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
- California Pacific Medical Center
- Eden Medical Center
- 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 20 Sutter Health network affiliates recognized join a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide named as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. A record 680 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at 1,000 non-participating hospitals.
“The healthcare facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients. Going beyond inclusive non-discrimination policies, these healthcare facilities are adopting best practices in the areas of LGBTQ patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all.”
For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.