Florida Hospitals Rank Perfect Scores in LGBTQ+ Health Survey


Sixteen Florida hospitals scored perfect 100s on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual LGBTQ+ health survey, reports Frances McMorris for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. According to Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, “this year has ushered in a new high watermark in LGBTQ inclusion in healthcare.”

This was also the second year the survey gave out numerical scores, based on LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in patient care, patient support, employee benefits and policies, and community engagement. Out of the 626 hospitals nationwide that participated, 418 of them scored 100s, earning themselves the title of “Equality Leader.”

Florida’s Equality Leaders include VA North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System in Gainesville, VA Orlando Medical Center, and the University of Miami Hospital.

Four hospitals returned to the list of Equality Leaders for the second time: VA Bay Pines Healthcare System, St. Petersburg General Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and VA James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

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Written by Audrey Pitcher

Audrey Pitcher is a Media and Communications Studies major at Ursinus College. Ve is a board member of the Ursinus Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Ve also works as a writing fellow in the Center for Writing and Speaking, where ve helps fellow students improve their writing skills. Audrey was recently featured at Ursinus' Celebration Of Student Achievement for an essay on the mapping of femininity onto gay men in late 20th century theater.

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