WellSpan York Hospital has been recognized as a healthcare equality top performer by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).
The recognition highlights its policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of gay, bisexual, transgender and others, including team members, patients, and visitors.
“Our increasingly diverse communities deserve an equally diverse and inclusive care environment,” said Victoria Diamond, senior vice president for the central region of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan York Hospital .
“The programs, policies and training we have in place ensure we present our best selves to provide exceptional care for all,” she said. “This recognition validates WellSpan’s concerted efforts not just for our patients, but the equal respect for our LGBTQ+ team members as well.”
WellSpan Health has a decades-long history of providing medical care for the LGBTQ+ community, she said. In recent years, services have expanded to about 30 providers across the regions it serves in South Central Pennsylvania who deliver a range of gender-affirming healthcare services including case management, hormone prescribing in primary care settings, therapy and letters, obstetric care, fertility, surgeries, and voice therapy.
“We are very proud of our history of gender-affirming healthcare services and inclusive work throughout our organization, said Dr. D. Scott McCracken, clinical lead for WellSpan’s LGBTQ+ Steering Committee. “It is exciting to be able to offer this level of care to the historically marginalized LGBTQ+ community, and in line with our mission, we will continue to increase and improve access to top-quality care for all that we serve.”
The hospital earns the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” designation by achieving 95 points out of 100 in the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey, WellSpan said.
The Healthcare Equality Index evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: