Bedford VA Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in National Survey

Submitted by the Bedford VA Medical Center

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Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VAMC has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for 2015 and 2016 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.

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VAMC earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its 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.

Bedford VA is one of a select group of  healthcare 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.

The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visitwww.hrc.org/hei. For information about LGBT services at Bedford VA contact Stephen L. Gresham, Ph.D. 781.687.2000 ext. 6030 or email stephen.gresham2@va.gov

 


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