Hospital and Clinics Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”
The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC Physicians recently received recognition from the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The announcement was made after all four criteria for LGBT patient-centered care, as defined by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) were met. The process included an online survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign to ensure that participating healthcare organizations are meeting legal, CMS and Joint Commission requirements for LGBT patient-centered care.
“This is the first time that any healthcare institution in Nebraska has been accredited,” said Jean Amoura, M.D., Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology.
Dr. Jean Amoura and Dr. Susan Swindells, medical director of the HIV clinic, led the initiative to become “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality”. A record number of 121 Veterans Health Administration (VA) medical centers across the country, including the Omaha VA, also participated.
The HEI survey reviews non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees and provides participating healthcare organizations with a needs assessment that includes access to free expert training.
A diverse group of employees in key work areas received training on best practices for meeting the needs of LGBT patients and employees. As part of the process of receiving leadership status, leadership representatives from The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC Physicians were also asked to participate in a training webinar.
“We are deeply appreciative of the support we received from The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC Physicians leadership and delighted to receive this recognition as an inclusive and LGBT-friendly healthcare enterprise,” said Dr. Swindells.
About The Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information please visit www.hrc.org.
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