One of five health care providers in Md., 400 nationwide to earn designation
BALTIMORE (September 12, 2019) -- Chase Brexton Health Care has once again been named a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
The designation was reported in the recently released 12th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Chase Brexton was one of only five Maryland healthcare providers, and 408 nationwide, to earn the honor.
To be named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, Chase Brexton achieved a perfect score of 100 points across strict criteria implemented by the Healthcare Equality Index. The categories measured included staff training and benefits, patient services and engagement, and responsible citizenship.
“We are very proud of once again being named a Leader in LGBT Health Equity,” said Sam McClure, Director of The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. “As in years past, this designation is another step in our continued efforts to create a welcoming and affirming health care home for LGBT patients. We will maintain those efforts and partner with other health care agencies seeking our leadership to support their own inclusion work."
A record 680 healthcare facilities participated in the HEI 2019 survey. In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals.
“The health care facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients.,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Going beyond inclusive non-discrimination policies, these health care facilities are adopting best practices in the areas of LGBTQ patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all.”
In the 2019 report, a total of 408 facilities—60 percent of those actively participating in the survey—met the more challenging criteria to earn this designation.
Among providers who did not participate in the HEI but were scored based on research, only 67 percent have policies that include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” and only 62 percent were found to have an LGBTQ-inclusive employment non-discrimination policy.