Just Read: Kaiser Permanente is a Health System Leading the Way: 2014 Healthcare Equality Index

The 2014 report, published by the Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) is out today, and Kaiser Permanente is acknowledged first in a special section, “Health Systems Leading the Way”

Over the past five years, Kaiser Permanente has consistently achieved leader status for all of its hospitals and once again, in 2014, all 38 medical centers are HEI Leaders in Healthcare Equality.

In 2010, Kaiser Permanente was the first health care provider and hospital system that the Human Rights Campaign designated as a leader in LGBT health care equality. For the past five years, Kaiser Permanente has consistently achieved leader status for all of its hospitals. We have also achieved a perfect 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (see: Positive Exemplars: At the 2014 Corporate Equality Index Awards for LGBT Employment – New York City | Ted Eytan, MD)

A quick comment from someone working and living in the community: The two indices (HEI and CEI) are currently not aligned, which means that respectful care and coverage for people who are transgender are not yet fully supported across the HRC index spectrum. At the same time, the HEI is becoming more robust, and this is the first time that all of Kaiser Permanente’s 38 hospitals are recognized for achieving the core 4. Congratulations and thank you to our National Diversity and Inclusion Team for being a mentor and supporter to me and all of our members, nurses, staff, and physicians.

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