|BMC Named to Healthcare Equality Index|
|Berkshire Medical Center Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013: BMC Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National Survey
PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. BMC earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.
“We live and work in an area known for both its beauty and its diversity, and the staff at Berkshire Medical Center is committed to providing the highest level of quality care for all in our community,” said Diane Kelly, RN, BMC Chief Operating Officer. “This is a remarkable distinction and I am proud of our entire staff. It is the dedication they show each and every day in the care of each and every patient that has led to this and our many other national recognitions.”
BMC was one of a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title 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 LGBT health education for key staff members.
BMC was congratulated by HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. “LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. 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.”
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.