For the fourth consecutive year, Eisenhower Health has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Eisenhower earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.
"Our mission is to provide health care as it should be," says Martin Massiello, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Eisenhower Medical Center. "To be recognized as Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for a fourth consecutive year means we are upholding that commitment not only to our patients and staff, but also to the LGBT community throughout the Coachella Valley."
Eisenhower Medical Center was one of a select group of 496 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title 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.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” says Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Eisenhower Medical Center for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.