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Community Hospital of San Bernardino Receives “LGBTQ+ Equality Leader” Recognition in 2024 Healthcare Equality Index

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SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF- June 13, 2024 – Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). 

“As a mission-driven organization founded to provide care for all, providing welcoming and knowledgeable care for LGBTQ+ patients is an important priority,” shares June Collison, Community Hospital of San Bernardino President. “We know that LGBTQ+ people have long faced barriers to accessing health care and that health inequity persists today. This recognition from HEI is a testament to the dedication of our compassionate care teams, who are committed to helping make sure that our LGBTQ+ patients feel welcome, heard, and safe in our care sites every day.”

The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI evaluates and scores on detailed criteria falling under five central pillars: Non-discrimination and Staff Training; Patient Services and Support; Employee Benefits and Policies; Patient and Community Engagement, and Responsible Citizenship.

In the 2024 report, a record 1,065 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2024 survey and scoring process. Of those participants, 384 received the top score of 100, earning the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation, including Community Hospital of San Bernardino. LGBTQ+ patients have historically faced significant and long standing challenges to accessing the care they need, and Community Hospital is committed to providing welcoming, compassionate care for LGBTQ+ patients and their families.

As part of the HEI process, Community Hospital underwent a comprehensive review of LGBTQ+ care policies and practices within the organization. CHSB updated dozens of policies to support LGBTQ+ health care outcomes, expanded training for staff and clinicians, updated patient forms and IT processes to better capture preferred pronouns and solicit feedback from LGBTQ+ patients, and clarified wording in employee benefits to be explicitly inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees – to name just a few examples. 

For more information about Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s commitment to LGBTQ+ care, visit


About Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino
Founded in 1910, Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino is a 347-bed, acute care, nonprofit, community hospital located in San Bernardino, California.  Known for its programs in maternity care and pediatrics, behavioral health and long-term subacute care for adults and children, the hospital also includes inpatient and outpatient surgery.  The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the largest health care systems.  Visit for more information.

Publish date: 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

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