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Penobscot Community Health Care Recognized on Healthcare Equality Index

Bangor, ME -

BANGOR -  Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is proud to announce that it has been named a top performer in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2010, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. PCHC earned top marks for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and employees and Penobscot Community Health Care was one of just a handful of healthcare facilities nationwide to be named a top performer. Of the 178 hospitals and clinics that voluntarily provided information on patient non-discrimination, visitation and cultural competency training for staff, only 11 independent facilities and one network of 36 hospitals ensure full protections for LGBT Americans. PCHC is the first healthcare facility in Maine to earn this distinction.
Robert Allen, MD, MHCM, FACC, Executive Medical Director of Penobscot Community Health Care, stated, “I am very proud of our staff for their efforts to make PCHC a welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients. Our Diversity Task Force has played a key role in developing a training for all staff which has increased our awareness and sensitivity to issues LGBT patients and their families face on a daily basis.” The HEI focuses on key policies and practices that ensure culturally competent healthcare for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and families. These policies include: patient non-discrimination, visitation and cultural competency training for staff. “Healthcare that is free of prejudice is a fundamental human value, and a fundamental American value,” said Joe Solmonese, President of the HRC Foundation. “Everyone has heard the horror stories of loved ones torn apart, already heart-wrenching decisions made even harder, and basic human rights denied. We strongly commend Penobscot Community Health Care for its leadership and its commitment to ensuring healthcare equality for LGBT Americans.”

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