AbsoluteCare Atlanta Earns “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equity Top Performer”
Last week, AbsoluteCare Atlanta earned the designation of LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees.
“Every person deserves to have access to quality healthcare, be respected and heard by their doctor, and feel safe in the facility where they are receiving care,” said Tari Hanneman, Director of Health & Aging at The Human Rights Campaign. “But LGBTQ+ people are often subject to discrimination in all spaces, including healthcare facilities, which leads to members of the community avoiding care and anticipating our voices will not be respected in an incredibly vulnerable environment.”
The HEI evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care
- LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support
- Employee Benefits and Policies
- Patient and Community Engagement
“Optimal healthcare is accomplished by providing care beyond medicine, which includes adopting staff and member policies that embrace absolutely everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Mike Radu, AbsoluteCare CEO. “Our care model is built around treating all members with dignity and respect. We achieve this goal by allowing each and every teammate to bring their full selves to work. We’re grateful for the acknowledgement by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that we are making progress on this journey.”
Nearly 150 more organizations participated and earned top marks in this year’s survey, which means more healthcare facilities are demonstrating concretely that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ+ care.
“We are proud to celebrate our second year as a Top Performer in LGBTQ Healthcare from the Human Rights Campaign,” said Joel Rosenstock, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Atlanta. “This signifies our continued commitment to providing LGBTQ+-inclusive care while supporting and serving our community.”
For over 20 years, AbsoluteCare has provided compassionate, quality, comprehensive primary and HIV healthcare in the Atlanta Metro Area. Health, wellness, holistic care, and prevention are at the core of what we do.