Dominion Hospital August 22, 2019

Falls Church, VA – Dominion Hospital is proud to announce their “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released this week. A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at 1000 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the HEI, 147 earned a “LGBTQ health care Equality Top Performer” designation.

“Dominion Hospital is thrilled to once again be recognized as a Top Performer for LGBTQ care by the HRC. Research is very clear linking LGBTQ individuals disproportionately to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation, in addition to a number of other behavioral health issues,” said Lee Higginbotham, CEO of Dominion Hospital, “We are committed to working with the HRC toward closing the gap in ensuring equal behavioral health care to LGBTQ patients and their families.”  

“The LGBTQ community often does not talk about mental health, and may lack awareness about mental health conditions,” adds Michael Repie, Ph.D., Senior Director of Clinical Services.  “Unfortunately, this can prevent people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better. We know that having Top Performer status goes a long way with the LGBTQ community, and hopefully makes accessing care with us a more comfortable consideration.”

“The health care facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients,” said HRC President Alphonso David.  “Going beyond inclusive non-discrimination policies, these health care facilities are adopting best practices in the areas of LGBTQ patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all.”

The 12th edition of the HEI assesses participants on four criteria: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and Patient and Community Engagement.

The remarkable progress reflected in the 2019 HEI includes:

  • Over half of HEI participants now have written gender transition guidelines;
  • 75% of hospitals surveyed offer trans-inclusive benefits—an impressive eight percentage point increase over last year, and numbers that bring them on par with their corporate counterparts, as measured by HRC’s 2019 CEI;
  • A 35% increase in training hours recorded—clocking in at more than 94,000 hours of LGBTQ care training provided;
  • A 60% increase in the number of HEI participants whose electronic health records capture a patient’s sexual orientation, and a 40% increase in the number of HEI participants whose electronic health records capture a patient's gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is education arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.