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SMSC & PAMF Recognized as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

HRC-LGBT-300x187Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

SMSC and PAMF earned honors for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

SMSC and PAMF were two of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon congratulated SMSC and PAMF and says, “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local healthcare facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.hrc.org/hei.

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