TAMPA, Fla. – For the third consecutive year, Moffitt Cancer Center has been named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The findings were part of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014. The annual survey encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work. Moffitt earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrates its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.
“This recognition is an honor and declares Moffitt’s continuous prioritization of addressing a cure for cancer in all communities,” said B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity and Community Relations. “Regardless of one’s race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, culture or background, everyone deserves the best in cancer care, and we are committed to providing that at Moffitt.”
Moffitt was one of 426 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. The cancer center met key criteria that include patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents and LGBT health education for key staff members.
Moffitt’s employee network, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance at Moffitt (GLAAM), are involved in Moffitt’s commitment to provide LGBT patients and their families exceptional cancer care and continues to make Moffitt an employer of choice through same-sex recognition including benefits, inclusion and anti-discrimination policies.
“Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, HRC president. “LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Moffitt for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
For more information about this year’s report, or to download a free copy, visit the Healthcare Equality Index.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.