Five Banner Health hospitals earn "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation designation recognizes the dedication and commitment of the Banner hospitals to LGBTQ inclusion.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Five Banner hospitals have earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Banner Health hospitals that earned the Top Performer designation include:
“Banner Health is extremely pleased to have achieved “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation at five of its hospitals; more so, we are proud of our health care teams who work to ensure an inclusive environment for all within their hospital walls,” said Jackie Hunter, DC, MHA, sr. director of diversity/inclusion and talent pipeline at Banner Health.
The HEI 2020 evaluated more than 1,700 healthcare facilities nationwide and a record 765 health care facilities actively participated in the survey. Of those included in the HEI, 193 facilities earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation scoring from 80 to 95 points. A total of 495 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100.
“The health care facilities participating in the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) are not only on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also making it clear from their participation in the HEI that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients. We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all,” said HRC President Alphonso David.
The public can visit the HRC website to search for inclusive health care facilities near their city, state or zip code.
About Banner Health
As one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the team at Banner Health is committed to ensuring all Banner locations are a safe place for care. Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals and an array of other services, including: Banner Imaging, Banner Telehealth and Banner Urgent Care. Team members are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of patients, be it a routine checkup, elective surgery or an urgent health service. Waiting room and employee workstation layouts maintain proper social distancing; screenings are conducted at hospital entrances to verify that all employees and visitors are well; and, all Banner physicians are equipped to visit patients remotely. Learn more about Banner's commitment to safety at bannerhealth.com/safecare.
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation:
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the education arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.