Dana-Farber Earns Top LGBT Healthcare Equality Ranking

Article ID: 605297

Released: 11-Jul-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • Credit: Sam Ogden

    Edward J. Benz, Jr.,MD, president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Human Rights Campaign awards Dana-Farber top LGBT Healthcare Equality ranking

Newswise — BOSTON—Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Dana-Farber earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.

“Being respectful and welcoming to all of our patients, their families, and our employees is central to our mission,” said Dana-Farber President Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD. “Cancer is an insidious disease that does not discriminate, and no one should be deprived the best care possible due to their gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.”

Healthcare organizations awarded the Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” said Shane Snowdon, health & aging director at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “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 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Boston Children’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook and on Twitter.


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