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Miami VA named LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader

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The Miami VA Healthcare System honors all Veterans who have served our nation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Miami VA Healthcare System is proud to have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the second straight year.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.

The Miami VA Healthcare System earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

“We treat every Veteran who walks through our doors with dignity, respect and compassion,” said Paul M. Russo, Miami VA Healthcare System director. “Regardless if they are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, every Veteran deserves our respect and the best health care we can provide.”

The Miami VA Healthcare System was one of a select group of 426 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

“Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, HRC president.  “LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates the Miami VA Healthcare System for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

The Human Rights Campaign is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. 

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

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