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Ralph H. Johnson VA highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2016
2/23/2016 4:34:44 PM

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has once again been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. 

Charleston VAMC earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

Charleston VAMC was one of a select group of 96 VA health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

“It is our mission here at the Ralph H. Johnson VA to treat each and every Veteran with the utmost respect in our daily interactions and provide them with appropriate and high-quality health care in a timely manner,” said Scott Isaacks, Charleston VAMC director. “That’s why, for the past 3 years, our medical center has not only participated in the Healthcare Equality Index but has also achieved leader status due to the tireless work of our staff to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

The Healthcare Equality Index offers health care facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit


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