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Diversity and Inclusion

At Dominican Hospital we embrace our diverse community and celebrate our differences.



Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has been caring for the Santa Cruz County community for 80 years and continues to reflect the core values of the founding Adrian Dominican Sisters and Dignity Health: excellence, justice, dignity, collaboration and stewardship.

It is the policy of Dignity Health and Dominican Hospital not to:

  • exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against, any participants, beneficiaries, applicants, and employees, including sensory-impaired persons;
  • do so on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and
  • do so in admission to, participation in, or in receipt of the services and benefits of any of its programs and activities or in employment therein.

We uphold this policy whether carried out by Dignity Health directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom Dignity Health arranges to carry out its programs and activities.


At Dignity Health, all patients should expect to be treated with courtesy and respect and receive the highest level of care. We support the health of all patients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 

We understand the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community, and we work hard to ensure that patients receive quality, inclusive, culturally competent care.

Find a Provider

  • GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality – Resources for patients, providers, and transgender individuals, including finding a provider.

Local Resources

Equal Visitation

Dominican Hospital is a patient and family-centered care facility that respects patients’ rights to visitation.

The hospital is committed to encouraging and supporting the presence and participation of family members and others who play a significant role in the physical care and emotional support of patients. Dominican Hospital shall not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or disability. Visitors shall enjoy full and equal privileges which are consistent with patient preferences.

Patients (or representatives) are informed of their visitation rights upon admission or registration. Patients (or representatives) are informed of their right, subject to his or her consent, to receive the visitors whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic partners, partners in civil union and both different-sex and same-sex significant others, a minor patient’s parents, regardless of the gender of either parent, another family member, or a friend, and his or her right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time.

LGBTQ Health Topics

The Human Rights Campaign:  

WPATH – The World Professional Association of Transgender Health provides education on advancements in care for transgender patients. 

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute: Learn more about the Gender Institute, with links to resources: Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute

HIV Resources: Learn more about HIV through the Centers for Disease Control: HIV