13 Novant Health medical centers highlighted in 2017 Healthcare Equality Index

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National survey identified hospitals as ‘Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’

Novant Health is proud to announce that 13 of its acute care facilities have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

Novant Health is one of only nine healthcare systems nationwide that have 10 or more facilities that received the recognition. In North Carolina, Novant Health is the only healthcare system with designated facilities in Mecklenburg County, and one of two healthcare systems with designated facilities in Forsyth County. Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers are two of the three facilities recognized in Virginia.

The medical centers designated as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” are:

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital
Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center
Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
Novant Health Medical Park Hospital
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2017, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBTQ patients by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and team members.

“At Novant Health, diversity and inclusion are part of our core values. We recognize that each person brings a unique perspective and value to our organization, whether as a patient or as a team member,” said Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Novant Health. “We are intentional in identifying ways to address the unique needs of all people in our communities. We are enhancing patient-centered care across our footprint, and our Pride (LGBTQ) Business Resource Group is a resource in our commitment to health care equity. From delivering remarkable patient care, to attracting and retaining diverse talent, to developing community partnerships and having a highly inclusive culture, we value our leadership in diversity and inclusion. Having our facilities recognized as leaders in LGBTQ health care equality is one of many indicators in our commitment.”

Novant Health was among a select group of 302 health care facilities nationwide to be named “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including:

Foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care
LGBTQ patient services and support
Team member benefits and policies
LGBTQ patient and community engagement.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2017, visit hrc.org/hei.

About Novant Health

Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 25,000 employees that provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4.4 million patients annually and in 2016 provided more than $725.5 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work and SK&A ranks Novant Health among the top 25 integrated health systems in the nation. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.

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