Sentara Hospitals Earn ‘High Performer’ Designation for LGBTQ+ Support

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

All 12 Sentara Health hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina have earned ‘High Performer’ designation for 2024 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a nationwide organization working to achieve equality and inclusion for LGBTQ+ persons. HRC’s annual Health Equality Index (HEI) surveys hospitals and health systems for their policies on equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. Out of 1,065 hospitals participating in the survey, Sentara hospitals were among 462 to earn ‘High Performer’ designation.

“Sentara is committed to meeting the diverse needs of our consumers, colleagues, and the communities we serve,” said Becky Sawyer, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Sentara. “Our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our mission to improve health every day.”

“Sentara is intentional about fostering a culture of inclusion,” Sawyer added.

This commitment includes the addition of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to our electronic medical record, to ensure appropriate interactions, pronouns and language among patients, visitors and staff, to optimize the patient experience in our hospitals and ambulatory settings.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC), located in Woodbridge, is a 183-bed not-for-profit hospital with a Trauma III designation. SNVMC combines the resources of a major health system with the compassionate, personalized care of a community hospital serving eastern Prince William County.

“We live in a wonderfully diverse and culturally rich area, and we want to reflect that richness within our team here at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center,” said SNVMC President Jeff Joyner. “We work to ensure that every person we interact with feels welcome, safe, and respected.”

Sentara has increased staff education around LGBTQ+ Equity and Inclusion. Leaders and staff have completed more than 2,700 hours of training across all hospitals, which exceeds the threshold required to achieve ‘High Performer’ designation.

Additionally, the Center for Plastic Surgery at Sentara Princess Anne in Virginia Beach includes three seasoned physicians who offer respectful, compassionate gender affirming care to help patients complete their transitions.

Staff from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center are participating in Prince William County Equality Pride Day on Saturday, May 18 at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas from 12 to 4 p.m. Sentara looks forward to engaging with attendees at this year’s Pride event.

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