Fletcher Allen named as leader in Healthcare Equality Index

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Fletcher Allen named as leader in Healthcare Equality Index

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 7:56am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care has been recognized as a ‘Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality’in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, 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. Fletcher Allen earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.  
Sandra Felis, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, stated, ‘We have worked for a number of years to meet the criteria for this recognition. It is affirmation that we seek to provide high-quality health care to every person who comes to us for care, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Part of the criteria includes staff engagement on this issue and it reflects well on them that we have been recognized as a leader in health care equality.’ 
Citing this recognition, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said, ‘"By achieving the status of ‘Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,’Fletcher Allen Health Care illustrates that it serves all Vermonters with the high quality care they deserve and expect.  I applaud Fletcher Allen for its commitment to the LGBT community." 
Fletcher Allen was one of a select group of 464 healthcare 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.  
The organization was also congratulated by HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. ‘LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local health care facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.’ 
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei
About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen and Central Vermont Medical Center, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.