September 04, 2020
St. Petersburg, FL – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released their LGBTQ 2020 Healthcare Equity Index (HEI) with St. Petersburg General Hospital earning the Top Performer designation. Since 2013, the hospital has been recognized for its efforts to provide inclusive care to patients. St. Petersburg General Hospital was among a record 765 healthcare facilities nationwide that participated in this year’s survey. In addition to 495 “LBGTQ HealthCare Equality Leaders”, 193 healthcare providers earned “Top Performer designation.
“I am very proud of the commitment our caregivers have made to better care for LGBTQ patients and their loved ones,” explained Ken Wicker, CEO. “Through supporting continuing education efforts to our inclusive workplace practices, we are providing a safe, compassionate, and healing environment for all patients that we are privileged to serve.”
This represents the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equity Index. The HEI has provided a roadmap to closing the gap in ensuring equal care to LGBTQ patients and their families. St. Petersburg General Hospital continues to be a leader in adopting policies and practices to support this goal.
In 2020, 90% of the participating healthcare facilities scored 80 points or more, demonstrating that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ care.
The HRS is the education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LBGTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.