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MSK Recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

09/06/2019 Admin Diversity and Inclusion, Awards

For the seventh year in a row, MSK has been honored with leadership status in the 2019 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The HEI is regarded as the national benchmarking tool for hospitals and healthcare institutions and their practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and employees.

MSK is proud to once again receive this distinction, which recognizes our dedication to offering compassionate, respectful care to all our patients.

Organizations are evaluated for the HEI based on five-core criteria:

  • Non-Discrimination and Staff Training
  • Patient Services and Support
  • Employee Benefits and Policies
  • Patient and Community Engagement
  • Responsible Citizenship

In satisfying these new objectives and criteria, MSK has earned its status as a leader in new areas of LGBTQ patient care. Additionally, MSK was one of only four cancer-specialty hospitals to receive the Leader designation (from a total field of 406).

This achievement represents the hard work of our staff — particularly Diversity & Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Pride ERN, the HEI Taskforce, and allied individuals throughout the organization — to surpass rising industry standards and enable MSK to continue to be a leader for progressive change. 

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