Moffitt Cancer Center has once again been named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This year marks the ninth time that Moffitt has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to this community.
Moffitt remains the only Florida cancer center on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The index is based on four criteria: nondiscrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and patient and community engagement and employment nondiscrimination.
“I am so proud of this designation because it speaks to the culture of our organization,” said B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Moffitt. “Our cancer center works so hard to ensure that everyone who has cancer receives the best care possible.”
The cancer center again earned a score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index survey and had many of its own in-house trainings approved by the Human Rights Campaign, including its inaugural LGBTQ symposium. In addition, Moffitt’s required training hours increased by 140% in 2020.
Being named a leader by the Human Rights Campaign solidifies that Moffitt is doing the right thing in terms of its diversity measures, noted Green.
“As we all know, cancer does not care what you look like, where you live, who you worship, the color of your skin or who you love,” Green said. “We live the value of inclusion each and every day. Individuals faced with a cancer diagnosis should not be concerned about being treated negatively because of their sexual orientation.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The group envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is the No. 11 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.