Howard University Hospital Again Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare
WASHINGTON (June 19) – Howard University Hospital, one of the nation’s leading
teaching medical institutions, was named a leader in the treatment of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families for the second
straight year by the Human Rights Campaign.
The organization’s president, Chad Griffin, made the announcement Tuesday
at a press conference at the hospital, during which U.S. Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lauded Howard and other local health care organizations
that were also named leaders.
“I commend the LGBT and healthcare communities for the progress made, and
I am proud to be part of an administration that has a historic record of accomplishment
for the LGBT community,” Sebelius said.
The other area health care leaders include George Washington Hospital, Sibley
Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, The Specialty Hospital of Washington,
Adventist Healthcare and Bon Secours Health System.
Howard was among 234 hospitals named as leaders from the nearly 5,000 hospitals
nationwide. The number of leaders with perfect scores increased from the
previous year, but not one hospital in 18 states responded at all to the survey.
The index rated the hospitals in four areas.
- The hospital’s patient non-discrimination policy is publicly available
and includes the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
- The hospital’s
visitation policy explicitly grants same sex couples, partners, spouses and
significant others the same access as different-sex couples and grants their
minor children the same access as children of different-sex couples.
- The hospital’s
employment non-discrimination policy includes the term” sexual orientation”
and “gender identity.”
- The hospital provides training for key staff members
in LGBT patient-centered care.
Dr. Wayne Frederick, provost and chief academic officer for Howard University
and formerly senior vice president for Health Sciences, accepted the honor
on behalf of the university and said the hospital is proud to be designated
as a leader.
“Howard University Health Sciences is committed to improving patient-centered
care by removing all barriers to care, whether they involve ensuring patients’
rights to determine their health care decision-maker, or training the health
care workforce to provide equitable treatment and service to all patients,”
“In the words of the human rights activist Sojourner Truth, who worked at
this hospital as a nurse and housekeeper in 1865 when we were Freedmen’s Hospital,
“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon that looks down upon your
brothers and sisters.
“We will continue to strive with you to improve the cultural competence of
all the people who work at this institution so that we will realize and attain
our potential to provide equitable, quality health care for all patients."
For more about the Healthcare Equality Index or for a free download of the
report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.