Medical center honored as LGBT 'Leader in Healthcare Equality'
For the second year in a row, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization today has recognized UC Davis Medical Center as a "Leader in Healthcare Equality" for creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients and employees.
UC Davis Medical Center is one of only 71 medical centers nationwide to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its 2012 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which reviewed 407 health-care institutions. UC Davis Medical Center earned perfect scores for the following four core criteria:
- Protecting all LGBT patients from discrimination with inclusive patient non-discrimination policies
- Granting equal visitation access to same-sex couples and same-sex parents through LGBT-inclusive visitation policies
- Providing LGBT cultural competency training to all employees
- Protecting all LGBT employees from discrimination with inclusive employment non-discrimination policies
"We are proud of the work that we have accomplished to improve access and deliver high-quality patient care to meet the health-care needs of the LGBT community," said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. "We will continue to strive to enhance the patient-care experience and address health disparities that this patient population has traditionally experienced."
UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level I pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital.
The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit medicalcenter.ucdavis.edu.