For Immediate Release: July 11, 2013
For the second year in a row, AtlantiCare has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. AtlantiCare earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.
AtlantiCare was one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for staff.
HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon congratulated AtlantiCare. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” she said. “It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”
“We are honored to be recognized for a second year as a leader in healthcare equality for the LGBT population,” said Richard Gulite, Applications Systems Analyst, AtlantiCare Information Technology Health Information Exchange, and co-chair of AtlantiCare’s LGBT employee resource group. Alison Maxfield, LCSW, therapist, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and co-chair of the LGBT employee resource group, agreed. “It is important for healthcare to be accessible to and supportive of all community members, and I am proud to work for an organization that embraces diversity and offers equitable treatment to all populations.”
AtlantiCare is committed to creating a culture of inclusion, to fostering a work environment that values diversity and to eliminating health care disparities. AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council, which includes physicians, staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established employee resource groups (ERGs), which help support the mission of the Diversity & Disparities Council by educating staff about the culture; celebrating cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at cultural events in the community; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying the culture’s top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns. AtlantiCare ERG groups include African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans, LGBT and Military.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,461employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.
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