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Published on March 28, 2016

Cone Health Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2016

Cone Health is named as a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health care equality.

For the third year, Cone Health has been recognized as a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The foundation is the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. 

The findings were part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

All six Cone Health hospitals 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 the quality health care and respect they deserve.

“The staff of every Cone Health hospital, clinic and doctors’ office strives to put the patient first in everything we do,” states Cone Health Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer Paul Jeffrey. “This recognition reflects that we understand the importance of treating everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Cone Health’s Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital are among a select group of 496 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this 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 key staff members.

“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,” say Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.  “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Cone Health for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

The Healthcare Equality Index offers health care resources 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 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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