Demonstrated Commitment to LGBTQ Patients and Their Families
BIDMC continues to be recognized as a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. This means we consistently demonstrate our deep commitment to LGBTQ patients and their families.
Our commitment includes equitable care for all, including non-discrimination policies for LGBTQ patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBTQ health education for key staff members.
To be named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, healthcare providers must earn high marks in the Health Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the HRC Foundation. The goal of the survey is to guide changes to policies and practices that help strengthen the care institutions give LGBTQ patients, who can still face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.