1440_405-1116_628-768_432

Our Commitment to LGBTQ+ Care

We are fiercely committed to providing LGBTQ+ care that’s expert, equitable, and welcoming.

We know that the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people and their families have been much damaged by discrimination and bias, and we are dedicated to eliminating them from the care we offer.

We pledge full participation in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index.

Three of our hospitals have been designated as “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders” in the HRC Foundation’s national LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a highly respected biannual assessment of the nation’s hospitals. The HEI sets out stringent requirements for optimal care, employee support, and community involvement--and we’ve pledged that all of our hospitals will participate in it fully. We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate our deep commitment to the needs of our LGBTQ+ patients and employees, and to LGBTQ+ people in all of the communities we serve.

 

We offer customized care.

Our providers are being trained to offer sensitive, welcoming care to LGBTQ+ people and their families—and in two locations we have made a special, nation-leading commitment to LGBTQ+ care.

"I've been impressed and moved by the strength and sincerity of Dignity Health's dedication to doing right by LGBTQ+ people and our families."

The Gender Institute at Saint Francis Hospital in San Francisco was created to provide state-of-the-art gender-affirming services—and it also provides critically needed training to providers in this realm. The CARE Center at St. Mary Long Beach—founded in 1986 to respond to the AIDS crisis—has been a national leader in HIV/AIDS care, including groundbreaking education for providers in PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) treatment.

Evaluating ourselves rigorously and seeking to improve.

We engaged a leading educator and consultant in LGBTQ+ health to provide us with a candid assessment of our strengths—and our growth areas. Shane Snowdon, founding director of the UCSF Center for LGBT Health & Equity and of HRC’s Health & Aging Program, has helped us strengthen our training, policies, and practices in a host of areas, so that we can be an ongoing leader in LGBTQ+ care.

Shane Snowdon

"I've been impressed and moved by the strength and sincerity of Dignity Health's dedication to doing right by LGBTQ+ people and our families."