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LVHN Hospitals Designated ‘Leaders’ on Human Rights Campaign’s LGTBQ Healthcare Equality Index

Recognition is evidence of LVHN’s commitment to advancing health equity for individuals in the (LGBTQ) community, and creating an inclusive work environment for all colleagues

Four Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hospital campuses received national recognition for demonstrating commitment to advancing health equity for individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) community, and creating an inclusive work environment for all colleagues.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. For more information, visit Healthcare Equality Index.

“At LVHN, we are committed to providing compassionate, high-quality health care that meets the unique needs of all patients, including those in the LGBTQ community,” says Judith Sabino, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Liaison. “And, as an employer, we foster an environment that offers respect and inclusion for colleagues of all orientations and identities.”

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg and LVHN–Tilghman received “Leader” designation, earning 100 of 100 points in the scoring criteria. Moving forward, the assessment process will include LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Schuylkill and LVH–Pocono.

"LVHN has worked diligently to ensure that health care is provided equitably for the LGBT patient population,” says Adrian Shanker, Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. “We are proud to partner with LVHN on numerous initiatives throughout the year, and we congratulate LVHN on receiving the highest designation possible in the Healthcare Equality Index.”

HEI assesses participants on five criteria:

  • Nondiscrimination and staff training

  • Patient services and support

  • Employee benefits and policies

  • Patient and community engagement

  • Responsible citizenship

In the 2020 report, 495 facilities earned “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100. Another 193 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points. In Pennsylvania, 25 organizations earned “Leader” designation, and LVHN is the only organization in the Lehigh Valley to do so.

About Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational 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.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.