March 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gregg Davidson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, 360-428-2293
Kari Ranten, MHA, Director of Planning and Marketing, 360-814-2370
National Survey honors Skagit Regional Health as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”
MOUNT VERNON –
Skagit Regional Health, including Skagit Valley Hospital and 11 Skagit Regional Clinics locations, 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, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
Skagit Regional Health earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign and are intent on providing quality, safe, respectful and compassionate care to the patients we serve,” said Gregg Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health.
Skagit Regional Health is one of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. 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.
“Despite all 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 Skagit Regional Health for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei