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Seven Ochsner Facilities Earn LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader Designation

Ochsner joins only 418 healthcare providers nationwide to earn this designation

NEW ORLEANS – Seven Ochsner facilities have earned the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization released its 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the HEI, 418 earned a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. Nine facilities in Louisiana were recognized in the 2018 survey with seven being Ochsner facilities rated as "Top Performers,” including:

  • Ochsner Baptist
  • Ochsner Medical Center -- Baton Rouge
  • Ochsner Medical Center -- Jefferson Highway
  • Ochsner Medical Center -- Kenner
  • Ochsner Medical Center -- North Shore
  • Ochsner St. Anne
  • Ochsner Medical Center -- West Bank Campus

“I am proud to be part of a system that not only embraces LGBTQ healthcare, but actively promotes the advancement of compassionate and high quality care for all patients,” said Dr. Samuel Danna, Vice President, Ochsner Pride-LGBTQ Resource Group. “Our designation as an HEI leader also demonstrates the system’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and welcoming environment for underrepresented groups.”

The 11th edition of the HEI marks the second year that participants are given a numerical score based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. HEI participants are given scores in four criteria:

  • Foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care
  • LGBTQ Patient Services and Support
  • Employee Benefits and Policies
  • LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement

Participants that receive the maximum score in each section earn the coveted status of “2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.” ​T

In the 2018 report, an impressive 418 facilities earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation with a score of 100. Another 95 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points. With 82 percent of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, healthcare facilities are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ care.

Of the hospitals who did not participate in the HEI but were scored based on research, only 63 percent have patient non-discrimination policies that include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” and only 53 percent were found to have an LGBTQ-inclusive employment non-discrimination policy. The equal visitation policy, at 93 percent, is the only one that comes close to matching the rate of the participating facilities.

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About HRC Foundation

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.

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,200 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.