National Honor Awarded to UVA Health University Medical Center for Exceptional Support of LGBTQ+ Patients and Team Members
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UVA Health University Medical Center: A Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality

UVA Health University Medical Center has been recognized with the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader award by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its commitment to fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals among patients, visitors, and team members. The medical center achieved a perfect score of 100 in the foundation’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index.

Tracy M. Downs, MD, FACS, UVA Health’s chief diversity and community engagement officer expressed the institution’s dedication to creating healthy communities and a sense of belonging for all individuals. She emphasized the importance of supporting and including everyone in the communities served by the medical center as well as all team members.

The Human Rights Campaign evaluates hospitals based on their policies and practices supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion among patients, visitors, and employees. Hospitals are assessed in areas such as policies and staff training in LGBTQ+ inclusive care, LGBTQ+ patient services, employee benefits, and patient and community engagement.

Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA, CEO of UVA Health University Medical Center highlighted the progress made in fostering a welcoming environment for everyone within the health system. She noted that medical center’s ongoing efforts ensure that all individuals whether receiving care or providing care or visiting loved ones feel a sense of welcome and belonging at UVA Health.

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