UVA Health Medical Center Receives High Marks in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Index: Creating a Welcoming Environment for All

National Honor Awarded to UVA Health University Medical Center for Exceptional Support of LGBTQ+ Patients and Team Members

UVA Health University Medical Center has been recognized with the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader award by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its commitment to creating healthy communities and a sense of belonging for all individuals. The medical center achieved a perfect score of 100 in the foundation’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index.

As CEO, Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA, emphasized the importance of supporting and including everyone in the communities served by the medical center, as well as all team members. She expressed her institution’s commitment to fostering a welcoming environment where all individuals feel a sense of welcome and belonging at UVA Health.

Tracy M. Downs, MD, FACS, UVA Health’s chief diversity and community engagement officer highlighted the progress made in fostering a welcoming environment for everyone within the health system. The Human Rights Campaign evaluates hospitals based on their policies and practices supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion among patients, visitors, and employees. Hospitals are assessed in areas such as policies and staff training in LGBTQ+ inclusive care, LGBTQ+ patient services, employee benefits, and patient and community engagement.

The medical center’s ongoing efforts include policies that provide transgender patients with gender-affirming care options; staff training that includes education on LGBTQ+ inclusive care; employee benefits that support same-sex couples; and patient engagement initiatives that foster connections between patients who share similar experiences or identities.

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