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DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System was recognized Thursday as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for its commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families.
Henry Ford was the only Michigan health system among the 464 health care facilities nationally recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its Healthcare Equality Index 2013. The HRC is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization.
“We are guided each and every day by our diversity principles to ensure that we embrace acceptance and respect for all,” says Noel Baril, vice president of Henry Ford’s Talent Selection and Rewards. “This recognition is a reflection of our diverse workforce who work together to bring an environment of inclusion to our patients, our co-workers and the communities we serve.”
Health care organizations awarded the distinction 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 LBGT health education for key staff members.
“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” says HRC Health & Aging director Shane Snowdon. “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.”
About Henry Ford Health System Henry Ford Health System, one of the country's largest and most comprehensive integrated health care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. The system includes the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, seven hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a full continuum of care. In 2012, Henry Ford provided $234 million in uncompensated care. The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 23,000 employees. Henry Ford is a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The health system is led by CEO Nancy Schlichting. To learn more, visit HenryFord.com