LVHN Hospitals Designated ‘Top Performer’ on Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ 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 a 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 12th 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. A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in this year’s survey. For more information, visit Healthcare Equality Index.
“We are delighted to be listed on the Healthcare Equality Index,” says Judith Sabino, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison. “It demonstrates to our whole community the health network’s commitment to equitable, compassionate and high-quality health care for everyone. It also means we are a workplace in which all colleagues feel respected and included.” Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg, and LVHN–Tilghman received “Top Performer” designation, earning 95 of 100 points in the scoring criteria. Moving forward, the assessment process will include LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Schuylkill, and LVH–Pocono. The 12th edition of the HEI assesses participants on four criteria:
- Non-Discrimination and Staff Training
- Patient Services and Support
- Employee Benefits and Policies
- Patient and Community Engagement
In the 2019 report, 406 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100. Another 148 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points. With 81 percent of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, health care facilities are demonstrating concretely that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ care.
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.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 19 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs, and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet® hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.