OHSU named ‘Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality’

06/19/12  Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for the second year in a row. For its efforts, OHSU is listed in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, 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.

OHSU is one of 71 respondents that earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care.

“OHSU is proud to be named a leader in healthcare equality,” said Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.B.A., vice president and chief administrative officer at OHSU. “This university values diversity in all of our missions and we are constantly seeking to be an inclusive organization.”

Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.

OHSU was congratulated by HRC Family Project director Ellen Kahn: “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. It makes a big difference to know that your local health care 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 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.hrc.org/hei/.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and its only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.