St. Petersburg, FL – The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) has named St. Petersburg General Hospital a nationwide leader in providing equal and inclusive treatment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning patients. St. Petersburg has earned consistent leadership in LGBTQ healthcare equality since 2013.

St. Petersburg General is one of four LGBTQ leaders in the Tampa Bay area, and one of only ten LGBTQ leaders in the state of the Florida; 590 U.S. healthcare facilities were surveyed for participation. Additionally, St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Pinellas County to earn this leadership designation (St. Petersburg General Hospital and VA Hospital, Bay Pines).

HEI’s core four leading criteria include non-discrimination and staff training, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

“St. Petersburg General Hospital is and always will be a non-judgmental, inclusive, and safe environment for all of our patients. We have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and we pride ourselves in being among the top leaders in LGBTQ healthcare,” emphasized Janice Balzano, CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital. “Being a consistent leader in this category means our LGBTQ patients can trust that they are in good hands at St. Petersburg General Hospital and are receiving the best possible care.”