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Published on August 19, 2019

Cone Health Earns Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality Designation

The award is recognition of continued work to connect with and care for the people we serve.


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

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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.

The designation of LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader means Cone Health earned the top score of 100 in the 2019 health care equity index survey. “Cone Health has built a tradition of providing exceptional care to the communities we serve,” says Laura Vail, Cone Health’s director of Health Equity. “It is important to us to connect health care and well-being for those we are privileged to serve.” 

HRC leader status is based on four core criteria:

  • Non-discrimination policies in place and communicated to staff
  • LGBTQ patient services and support
  • Employee benefits and policies
  • LGBTQ patient and community engagement 

Cone Health supports several employee network groups. One is the Cone Health LGBT Dive-In Network Group. These employees help shape and review the above criteria and work with the LGBTQ community on health projects throughout the year.

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