Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012

| Posted On Jul 02, 2012 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is incredibly pleased to announce that our organization has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. Harvard Vanguard earned the highest score possible in the survey for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.

“Providing compassionate, patient-centered care has always been a cornerstone value of Harvard Vanguard,” said Dr. Les Schwab, Chief Medical Officer. “By understanding our patients as individuals we are better able to deliver care that respects their unique needs.”

Harvard Vanguard was one of a select group of 71 healthcare organizations nationwide to be named Leaders in Healthcare Equality. Organizations awarded this title meet all the key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.

Harvard Vanguard was congratulated by HRC Family Project Director Ellen Kahn. “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 healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.


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  1. Cannot believe that you have to advertise services to LGBT people! Doctors take oaths to serve people, period!

    Is this part of a “Marketing Campaign”? An “outreach” program to a particular community in order to “increase the client base”?

    One would just assume LGBT people would be taken care of. Why would it even be mentioned!

    Comment by J. Melcher on July 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm
  2. It makes me very happy to know that HVMA has been named a leader in equality of care for the LGBT population. I would like to question, however, the idea of “key staff” being provided with LGBT health education. This is a component of patient care that should accompany every employees training. I also would like to point out the often overlooked “T” in the acronym, which stands for transgender. I think there are a lot of important steps that HVMA is taking to ensure patients are comfortable but there is much more that can be done, especially to support trans health. Workshops on correct pronoun usage, providing staff with sensitivity training, and bringing a sense of understanding as well as a connection to the community is important for both staff and patients. It would be optimal to survey the patient population and ask which areas need to be improved but I think that HVMA is on the path to success.

    Comment by Cecilia Flores on July 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

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