Ten hospitals in Florida recently earned perfect scores in an index designed to test their commitment to LGBTQ+ individuals, reports Margie Manning in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) was designed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and rated hospitals based on LGBTQ+ patient care and services, employee benefits, and community engagement.

Four Tampa Bay institutions achieved perfect scores, including St. Petersburg General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, VA Bay Pines Healthcare System, and VA James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

The remaining six were Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, University of Miami Hospital, VA Miami Healthcare System, Care Resource (also in Miami), VA Orlando Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.

The HRC Foundation has been releasing the Healthcare Equality Index since 2007, but this was the first year the HRC Foundation scored institutions numerically. Of the 590 institutions that participated, 303 of them scored very highly.

According to the index, “diverse healthcare facilities across the U.S. are making tremendous strides toward LGBTQ patient-centered care. In unprecedented numbers, they are changing key policies, implementing best practices and training their staff.”

The HRC Foundation is hopeful that even more institutions will choose to participate in the HEI in the future.

Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article and view the index here.