UT Medical Center highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013

July 13, 2013 | News, UToday, UTMC
By Jon Strunk



The University of Toledo Medical Center 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.

HEI2013coverUTMC earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

“One of the most important values of The University of Toledo is to treat all persons equally, regardless of characteristics, including but not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” said Norma Tomlinson, executive director of UTMC. “A visit to a health-care provider is often stressful as it is, and the last thing any patient or family needs to worry about is being treated differently.”

“We are very proud of the role we play in the community as a place where anyone can come and feel safe and feel accepted,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs, who oversees UT’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. “It is through our hospital and health-care services that the community most frequently interacts with The University of Toledo, and this recognition is one more example of UT employees living out our values and commitment to equality.”

UTMC was one of a select group of 464 health-care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care; these include 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, director of health and aging at the Human Rights Campaign. “It makes a big difference to know that your local health-care 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 hrc.org/hei.