The national Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has recognized Yale New Haven Health member hospitals for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.
Bridgeport, Greenwich and Yale-New Haven hospitals are among 464 healthcare facilities nationwide named "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization.
Leaders in LGBT healthcare equality 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.
"We're honored to receive this recognition, which reflects our commitment to providing compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to every member of the diverse population we serve," said Peter Herbert, MD, senior vice president, medical affairs, Yale New Haven Health System.
"Every one of our patients and each of their loved ones is an individual, and we respect their cultures, backgrounds and values," said Gayle Capozzalo, executive vice president, Strategy and System Development, YNHHS.
"Having employees with a variety of cultural and individual differences helps us better serve these patients and their loved ones," continued Capozzalo. "Diversity — in the communities we serve and our workforce — is an important part of the identity of Yale New Haven Health and its member hospitals. Honoring that diversity is an important part of our mission to provide the best, most compassionate care to everyone who comes to us for care."