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HRC Releases HEI Report at Howard University Hospital Event

This morning HRC President Chad Griffin joined Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University Dr. Wayne Frederick and U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., to release the 2012 Healthcare Equality Index report.

The report details the results of the most recent Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This year’s survey found a 40 percent increase in rated facilities, which totaled 407 nationwide. It also found an impressive 162 percent increase in the number of facilities achieving the status of “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” special recognition given to facilities earning a perfect rating by meeting four core criteria for LGBT patient-centered care laid out in the HEI.

The HEI helps hospitals assess themselves against established best practices and ensure that they are complying with requirements for non-discrimination. These include a requirement issued last year by The Joint Commission, the largest accrediting body for U.S. hospitals, calling on all accredited facilities to extend non-discrimination protection to LGBT patients.

Watch the video from the event below and download a PDF of this year's report.

 

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(c) Judy Rolfe/HRC

(c) Judy Rolfe/HRC

(c) Judy Rolfe/HRC

 

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