Moffitt Cancer Center achieves 2015 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality status

January 11, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – For the fourth consecutive year, Moffitt Cancer Center has been designated as a leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) healthcare in the Healthcare Equality Index report by the Human Right Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBT organization. 

“We know that cancer impacts the LGBT community just like all other communities,” says B. Lee Green, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity and Community Relations, Senior Member, Health Outcomes and Behavior. “Because of this fact, Moffitt is committed to addressing cancer in the LGBT community. We pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our community members have access to the best possible care regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Moffitt strives to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable getting cancer care.  Moffitt fights cancer for everyone.”    

The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBT benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBT patients, visitors and employees. The HEI is based on four criteria: patient non-discrimination, equal visitation, training in LGBT patient-centered care and employment non-discrimination.  In order for Moffitt to maintain as a Leader in LGBT health care, Moffitt team members were encouraged to participate in one or more online trainings. 

Moffitt’s leadership around LGBT healthcare equality is further demonstrated by its LGBT focused research efforts; support of the Gay Lesbian Alliance at Moffitt (GLAAM), a team member-led employee resource group; and the recent certification of a social worker by the International Transgender Certification Association. This certification provides standards of practice for service providers of the transgender community while developing networking resources. 

The HRC will release its annual HEI list in March. 

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 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 Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

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