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The Human Rights Campaign Recognizes The Johns Hopkins Hospital For Equality And Inclusiveness In Patient Care And Employment - 08/05/2013

The Human Rights Campaign Recognizes The Johns Hopkins Hospital For Equality And Inclusiveness In Patient Care And Employment

Release Date: August 5, 2013

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its commitment to provide equal care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and for its inclusive environment for employees in the LGBT community. The hospital has been listed in the organization’s 2013 Healthcare Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign’s annual survey asks hospitals about their policies and procedures regarding nondiscrimination and equal visitation rights for LGBT patients and their partners, as well as employment benefits and polices. Those facilities that meet the organization’s criteria are listed on the index.

“We are very pleased to be included in the 2013 Healthcare Equality Index,” says Mary Margaret Jacobs, director of patient and visitor services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. “It is an affirmation of our commitment to provide excellent care and services to all of our patients,” she says.

The Human Rights Campaign evaluated hospitals on four core criteria: patient nondiscrimination regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, equal visitation to LGBT patients and their visitors, nondiscrimination in employment, and training in patient-centered care for LGBT patients. To be considered for the list, hospitals completed a comprehensive questionnaire and provided their specific policies that promote equality in patient care and employment.

“We believe in the importance of inclusiveness and providing equal employment opportunity to all, including LGBT applicants and employees,” says Pamela Paulk, vice president for human resources at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. “We provide health care benefits, life insurance, bereavement leave and other benefits to same-sex partners of eligible employees.”

To be included on the Healthcare Equality Index, hospitals must demonstrate that their nondiscrimination policies include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and that those policies are widely distributed to patients, visitors and employees. In addition, hospitals must show that they provide training for all employees on those policies.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is ranked the #1 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has more than 10,000 employees. Johns Hopkins is among 718 hospitals around the nation that are included on the 2013 Healthcare Equity Index.

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