Inclusion cutouts Among the improvements noted in this year’s HEI are a 59 percent increase in hospitals that have written gender transition guidelines and a 42 percent increase in hospitals that offer trans-inclusive benefits;. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A record number of health care facilities were granted the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

In concert with the organization’s release of the 11th edition of its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees, the foundation provided the designation to 418 out of a record 626 health care facilities that actively participated in this year’s survey. The foundation also proactively researched key policies at more than 900 nonparticipating hospitals across the nation.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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