PHILADELPHIA— Penn Medicine’s hospitals have been honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, for its dedication and commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion.
The designations for Penn Medicine’s six acute care hospitals were awarded in the 15th edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released this week. Evaluating more than 900 health care facilities nationwide, the index is the national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees.
Health care facilities were given a score based on four central pillars: foundational policies and training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care; LGBTQ+ patient services and support; employee benefits and policies; and patient and community engagement. Participants needed to receive a score of 100 points to earn the foundation’s “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation.
Based on this criteria, Chester County Hospital, Lancaster General Health, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital received a score of 100 points and are each named “Leaders in Healthcare Equality.” Princeton Health received a score of 90 and is listed as a “Top Performer.”
Penn Medicine is dedicated to ensuring that all patients have access to respectful, compassionate, and equitable health care at all times—and the HRC designation is an important part of efforts to ensure health equity for all. The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health was launched in 2013 to improve the health of LGBTQ+ individuals. Since then, the program has promoted an LGBTQ-inclusive climate, provided professional development for LGBTQ+ employees, increased LGBTQ+ participation in Penn research initiatives, and improved patient and family-centered care for LGBTQ+ patients.
In addition to being a valuable tool and resource for health care organizations, the Healthcare Equality Index is used by LGBTQ+ patients and their families to find facilities that provide equitable and inclusive care. For more information about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the 2022 Healthcare Equality Index, visit the Human Rights Campaign homepage.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $9.9 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $546 million awarded in the 2021 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.
Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 52,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2021, Penn Medicine provided more than $619 million to benefit our community.