Chase Brexton Health Care was again named a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
The designation was reported in the recently released 2022 edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Chase Brexton was one of only two Maryland healthcare providers, and 496 nationwide, to earn the honor.
To be named a Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality, Chase Brexton achieved a perfect score of 100 points across strict criteria implemented by the Healthcare Equality Index. The categories measured included staff training and benefits, patient services and engagement, and responsible citizenship.
“In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted access to care for so many in our community, this designation means more than ever,” said Sam McClure, executive director of The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity of Chase Brexton Health Care. “As we renew our focus on health equity, this status reaffirms Chase Brexton’s decades-long commitment to providing welcoming, affirming care."
A record 906 healthcare facilities participated in the HEI survey, which marked its fifteenth year. In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 2,200 non-participating hospitals.
“In the last year, members of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States have endured an onslaught of political attacks, many of which have specifically targeted LGBTQ+ healthcare,” said Joni Madison, interim President of the Human Rights Coalition Foundation. “The discriminatory healthcare legislation we have endured, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the medical field, have made it difficult for LGBTQ+ people to know what the future of our healthcare will look like. This is why it is truly heartening to know that the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) has seen record participation this year. More facilities than ever have joined the HEI to make it clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ+ patients. “
In the 2022 report, a total of 496 facilities—55 percent of those actively participating in the survey—met the more challenging criteria to earn this designation.