January 12, 2016
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been recognized as an "LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, the hospital announced Monday.
For the second year in a row, CHOP was selected as a leader based on an annual survey, the Healthcare Equality Index. The index identifies healthcare institutions that are leading the way in providing equal care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.
The hospital received top marks in four leadership areas: Patient Non-Discrimination; Equality of Family Visitation; Employment Non-Discrimination; and Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care.
"This tremendous honor reflects The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s ongoing commitment to providing culturally competent healthcare to our LGBT patients and families," Madeline Bell, president and CEO of CHOP, said in a statement.
CHOP hosted Philadelphia Family Pride’s 6th annual Family Matters Conference for LGBT-parented families in October. More than 600 CHOP employees also participated in various training offerings within the past year.
"We commend the leadership of each and every healthcare facility that is taking action to enhance the care they provide to LGBT patients and their families," said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement. "HRC applauds The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for creating an inclusive environment for all of its patients."