Washington – Whitman-Walker Health has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for the third year in a row in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. WWH earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.
“We are honored to once again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our service to the LGBT community,” said Don Blanchon, WWH Executive Director. “For nearly four decades, Whitman-Walker has been committed to providing the highest quality health care for the LGBT community. That commitment will always be at the heart of our health center’s mission.”
Whitman-Walker Health was one of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
WWH was congratulated by HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local health care facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”