Moanalua Recognized as Leader in LGBT Heathcare Equality

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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:19 pm

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center is one of the organization’s 38 hospitals nationwide to be recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Kaiser Permanente has earned "Top Performer" or "Leader" status each year since 2010.

The honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

Kaiser Permanente earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination 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.

"At Kaiser Permanente, we strive to serve all our members in the spirit of equality," said Janna Muscare, vice president of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. "We are committed to embracing diversity and inclusion to create a safe and welcoming environment for our employees, patients and their families."

Kaiser Permanente hospitals 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 non-discrimination 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 facility staff members.

"Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Moanalua Medical Center for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."

The Healthcare Equality Index offers health care facilities unique and powerful resources designed 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.

This is not the first honor Kaiser Permanente has received from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Kaiser Permanente has participated in the HEI since 2008 and has consistently moved up in the rankings, resulting in a perfect score for 2010 and each year thereafter. Additionally, for the last decade, Kaiser Permanente has received a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index for commitment to creating policies on diversity and inclusion, and providing training and benefits to create a fair and equal workplace.

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente

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