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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.
Dana-Farber earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.
“Being respectful and welcoming to all of our patients, their families, and our employees is central to our mission,” said Dana-Farber President Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD. “Cancer is an insidious disease that does not discriminate, and no one should be deprived the best care possible due to their gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.”
Healthcare organizations awarded the Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation meet 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.
“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” said Shane Snowdon, health & aging director at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.