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Wed September 12, 2012
Ohio Hospital Earns Recognition In LGBT Healthcare Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign named Cincinnati Children's Hospital among the best healthcare facilities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and families.
Mike Foley reports.
An estimated two million American children are being raised by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender families. To ensure they receive equitable healthcare, many hospitals are implementing policies to meet their specific needs.
James Page - "Individuals that come in with two moms or two dads are treated with respect and it's not a novelty or something that's treated any differently. They have a loving family structure just like any heterosexual family."
That's James Page - Vice President for Diversity at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which the Human Rights Campaign named a best healthcare facility for LGBT families in its 2012 Healthcare Equality Index. It's the only hospital in Ohio and the only pediatric hospital in the nation to earn the recognition. Page says it's crucial to create an environment where teens and young people feel comfortable talking to medical professionals.
James Page - "If someone is holding back from their doctor the fact that they are gay, there's a whole segment of their life that they aren't talking about that could be relevant to their safety and medical care.
Page says the facility has also created an LGBT employee resource group that works to increase cultural sensitivity among staff.