Provided by Novant Health UVA Health System
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The HRC Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center were among less than 500 healthcare facilities from across the nation to be named “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” Just three facilities in Northern Virginia
earned this distinction.
Stephen Smith, M.D. is president and chief operative officer, Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center. Smith said, “We’re proud to be recognized for our organization’s unwavering commitment to our core values of diversity and inclusion. This shows our community that all are truly welcome in our facilities and that we care about each person.”
The designation was published in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), The HEI evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Novant Health UVA Health System does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; culture; language; physical or mental disability; genetic information; age; sex, including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; marital status; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; socioeconomic status; or source of payment.
Karyn O’Brien is Novant Health UVA Health System senior director, behavioral health and diversity and inclusion. O’Brien said, “Our organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion applies to more than increasing our understanding of the LGBTQ community, as we strive to elevate their healthcare experience. We are dedicated to creating an open, supportive and inclusive environment, where all patients, community members and team members feel valued.”