Madison VA Hospital recognized as national LGBT leader

Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognizes 426 hospitals nationwide
Madison VA Hospital recognized as national LGBT leader

The Veterans Hospital in Madison has been recognized as a national leader in LGBT health care equality, according to a release.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as part of its Healthcare Equality Index 2014, officials said. The annual index survey encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work.

The Madison VA Hospital earned top recognition in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care of LGBT patients and their families, according to the release.

“We are proud of the quality care we provide to all veterans, and we’re especially pleased to be recognized for the equality of top-notch care we provide to LGBT patients who are among our nation’s treasured veterans,” Judy McKee, director of the Madison VA Hospital, said in the release.

The Madison VA Hospital was one of a group of 426 health care facilities nationwide to be named leaders in LGBT health care equality, officials said. Other criteria the facilities were evaluated on include a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for staff members.

“Leaders in LGBT health care equality change the lives of lGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. “LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”