Kaiser-Fresno among hospitals recognized as leader in LGBT equality

Kaiser Permanente-Fresno is among the health system’s 38 hospitals to be recognized as a leader in LGBT equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

The Kaiser hospitals are among a group of 496 health care facilities nationwide to be recognized by the foundation. Facilities awarded the title meet key criteria, including patient and employee nondiscrimination 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 facility staff members.

Kaiser Permanente said it has has earned “Top Performer” or “Leader” status each year since 2010.

Kaiser Permanente earned top marks in meeting nondiscrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing high-quality health care and respect.

“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming health care. Leaders in LGBT health care equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said 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 Kaiser Permanente for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

Find more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016 or download a free copy of the report at the foundation website at www.hrc.org.