Three San Antonio medical facilities have been been named Healthcare Leaders in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Healthcare Equality Index.
The three facilities, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas and VA South Texas Health Care System, all received perfect scores on HRC’s index.
A total of 626 medical facilities across the nation participated in the survey with 418 receiving the HEI Healthcare Leader designation. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals across the nation.
Twenty-three facilities in Texas were rated with eight receiving perfect scores. Besides the three in San Antonio, perfect scores were given to: Parkland Memorial Hospital – Dallas; Project Vida Health Center – El Paso; University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals – Galveston; Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast – Houston; and VA Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center – Houston.
Facilities were scored on four core criteria: Patient nondiscrimination; equal visitation; employment nondiscrimination; and training in LGBTQ patient-centered care.
“At a time when health care and the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top healthcare facilities are driving progress toward equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “These top-scoring facilities are not only establishing policies that save LGBTQ lives every day, they have become vocal advocates for equality in the public square.”
The key findings in this year’s study include:
- 59 percent increase in hospitals that have written gender transition guidelines;
- 42 percent increase in hospitals that offer trans-inclusive benefits;
- 21 percent increase in the number of participants that have transgender-specific policies;
- 63 percent increase in training hours recorded – clocking in at more than 70,000 hours of LGBTQ care training provided.
“While the 2018 HEI shows a growing commitment across the nation to equitable and inclusive health care, it also illustrates work left to be done,” said Tari Hanneman, director of the HRC Foundation’s Health Equality Project, and author of the HEI. “And that work has never been more urgent, given the all-out assaults on the LGBTQ community from the highest levels of government.”