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Virginia Mason is designated as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the 2019 Healthcare Equality Index

SEATTLE – (Aug. 16, 2019) — Virginia Mason is designated as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the 2019 Healthcare Equality Index released today.

The medical center earned the top score of 100 in this year’s survey, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The survey scores organizations on criteria such as non-discrimination and staff training; LGBTQ and transgender patient services and support; and community outreach that supports equitable treatment and inclusion for LGBTQ individuals.

“Receiving the highest score possible in the Healthcare Equality Index survey reflects the commitment across our organization to providing quality care for every one and treating all individuals with respect,” said Charleen Tachibana, senior vice president for Quality and Safety and chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason is a leading provider of Transgender Health services in the Puget Sound region.

The Healthcare Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The survey evaluates more than 1,600 healthcare facilities nationwide and is conducted annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation – the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

In the 2019 report, a total of 406 facilities earned the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100. Another 148 facilities earned the “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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