Equality in Health Care Hiring Ensures Healing Environments for All
Disease, injury and sickness do not discriminate. Every individual will need health and wellness services at various moments on life’s journey and there must be no discriminatory barriers to healing. That is why our concentration has remained the same for nearly two centuries, the delivery of good help to all those in need.
Bon Secours Health System, as well as all of its managed 15 acute care hospitals individually are continually recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
The recognition is part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBTQ Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Bon Secours hospitals earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
“We are very proud Bon Secours has been recognized annually since 2012 as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality,” Gloria Goins, Bon Secours chief diversity officer, said. “We recognize the struggle for a more humane world is not an option, but an integral part of our mission and values. Ensuring equal, respectful treatment of all is who we are. Equally, we are extremely proud each of our managed acute care hospitals was recognized individually as leaders.”
The Bon Secours hospitals were among a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBTQ health education for key staff members.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBTQ people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBTQ patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBTQ people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Bon Secours for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
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