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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chase Brexton Named ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ by HRC

Written by  Bill Redmond-Palmer

Late last month, the Human Rights Campaign designated Chase Brexton Health Care as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality,” making it one of only three health-care providers in Maryland, and one of only 302 nationwide, to receive such recognition. The honor was bestowed by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the tenth edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

In order to receive the designation, healthcare providers had to achieve a perfect score of 100 points across new criteria implemented by the Healthcare Equality Index. They were reviewed in categories including staff training and benefits, patient services and engagement, and responsible citizenship.

“This distinction shows that Chase Brexton remains a leader in providing welcoming, affirming care to the LGBTQ community in Baltimore and beyond,” said Nate Sweeney, executive director of the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. “Each year, the Human Rights Campaign raises their standards for services, policies, training, and care. We are proud to have once again met those standards.”

This year a record 590 healthcare facilities participated in the HEI 2017 survey. In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals.

“The 2017 HEI reminds us again that though we have made tremendous gains over the past decade, there is still much more work left for us to do. With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC president Chad Griffin. “The 590 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community.”

In the 2017 report, a total of 302 facilities, 51% of those actively participating in the survey, met the more challenging criteria to earn this designation.

Among providers who did not participate in the HEI but were scored based on research, only 61% have policies that include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” and only 52% were found to have an LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination policy.

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