Park Nicollet Methodist, Regions recognized as leaders in LGBT healthcare equality
A national human rights organization is recognizing two HealthPartners hospitals, Park Nicollet Methodist and Regions, for commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and employees.
The hospitals were named “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013 report. The annual survey is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. It is modeled after the annual Corporate Equality Index survey that HRC has conducted for many years.
Park Nicollet Methodist and Regions earned the recognition for meeting key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members. Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital has been recognized by the HRC as a LGBT healthcare equality leader since 2009, and has one of the state’s largest transgender health services program in the state serving around 800 patients.
More than 700 health care facilities nationwide participated in the voluntary Healthcare Equality Index survey and more than 450 facilities were named a “2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”
To read the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, visit www.hrc.org/hei.