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Published on March 27, 2018

Cone Health Again Earns Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Designation

Nationwide, only 418 health care providers earned the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation.

For the fifth year, all six Cone Health's hospitals earned the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). HRC is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

The Cone Health hospitals are Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women's Hospital.

“We are proud to be recognized again this year,” says Laura Vail, director, Cone Health Office of Inclusion and Health Equity. “Cone Health’s LGBT Employee Network Group works tirelessly to better serve our patients, staff and communities. By embracing and respecting others as we deliver exceptional care, we can truly live our brand promise: We are right here with you.”

The Cone Health LGBT Employee Network Group takes part in community events such as Pride in Alamance County and Greensboro, where members administered 100 flu shots in 2017. Members of the group also work in policy review and revision to ensure inclusive care at Cone Health.

A record 626 hospitals took part in the 2018 HRC survey. HRC leader status is based on four core criteria:

  • Elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care
  • LGBTQ patient services and support
  • Employee benefits and policies
  • LGBTQ patient and community engagement

In the 2018 report, an impressive 418 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation with a score of 100. “With some of our biggest battles still ahead of us, it is crucial that institutions continue to demonstrate that the march toward full equality is not slowing down,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The 626 participants in this year’s HEI continue this march in partnership with the LGBTQ community and we commend them for their leadership.”

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