SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Nineteen facilities within Sutter Health’s integrated, not-for-profit network earned the designation of “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The Index is considered nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.
The HEI evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria including foundational policies and training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care; LGBTQ+ patient services and support; employee benefits and policies, as well as patient and community engagement.
“Our ongoing commitment is to provide compassionate, high-quality care to all that is free from discrimination and affirms gender identity and sexual orientation. We are equally dedicated to nurturing a work environment where our employees and clinicians can reach their full potential,” said Jill Ragsdale, Sutter Health’s chief people & culture officer.
The 19 Sutter facilities earning a spot on the 2022 HEI Index include:
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
- California Pacific Medical Center
- Eden Medical Center
- Memorial Medical Center
- Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
- Novato Community Hospital
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation
- Sutter Amador Hospital
- Sutter Coast Hospital
- Sutter Davis Hospital
- Sutter Delta Medical Center
- Sutter Lakeside Hospital
- Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
- Sutter Medical Foundation
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center
- Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
- Sutter Solano Medical Center
- Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
Those recognized in Sutter’s network join a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide named as LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leaders. The HEI 2022 survey had 747 healthcare facilities participate. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 1,300 non-participating hospitals.
“Every person deserves to have access to quality healthcare, be respected and heard by their doctor, and feel safe in the facility where they are receiving care. But LGBTQ+ people are often subject to discrimination in all spaces, including healthcare facilities, which leads to members of the community avoiding care and anticipating our voices will not be respected in an incredibly vulnerable environment,” said Tari Hanneman, director of health & aging at The Human Rights Campaign. “The Healthcare Equality Index, at its core, strives to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected and affirmed by their healthcare providers and feel safe seeking services. Our HEI active participants are truly pioneering the healthcare industry by implementing robust, comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusive policies that hopefully, because of their work, will become standard practice.”
For more information about the HEI, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.