USC Student Health, part of Keck Medicine of USC, has received an evaluation of 100 and the designation of “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a prominent survey of healthcare facilities that measures policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. A record 906 health care facilities actively participated in the 2022 HEI survey and 496 of those earned an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.
Keck Medicine of USC leadership expressed pride in the distinction. “This designation is a reflection of our health system’s dedication to providing quality health care to all LGBTQ+ patients in a safe, welcoming environment,” says Rod Hanners, CEO of Keck Medicine. “Keck Medicine has adopted numerous initiatives to support LGBTQ+ patient-centered care, and we will continue to be champions of this community.”
The HEI evaluates and scores health care facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care;
- LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support;
- Employee Benefits and Policies; and,
- Patient and Community Engagement.
To read more about the honor, see the announcement.