BJH, SLCH Named Again as ‘Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ by National Survey
For the second year in a row, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals have been recognized as “Leaders 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 honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
Both hospitals earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate their 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.
“Cultural competence is woven into the fabric of who we are at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is embedded in our mission and vision in providing exceptional care to people,” says Steven Player, director of the BJH Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence. The hospital offers ongoing LGBTQ patient care training to all BJH team members.
“St. Louis Children’s Hospital values the diversity of our patients and families, as well as our employees. In fact, Embracing Diversity is one of the six core values of our hospital,” says Greta Todd, St. Louis Children's Hospital director of diversity, inclusion and community affairs. “We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our LGBTQ patients and families, and strive for a welcoming and inclusive environment.”
The hospitals are two of a select group of health care 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. More than 1,500 hospitals are surveyed, and only about one-third receive this Leader designation.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming health care. 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,” says 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 Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”