Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Health care Equality Index
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is one of just 418 facilities across the nation, and three in Arkansas, earning the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
In the HRC Foundation’s 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, CAVHS earned a top score of 100 as a facility committed to LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. According to the HRC Foundation, more than 620 healthcare facilities actively participated in this year’s survey.
According to HRC Foundation, participants were given a numerical score based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. Participants are assessed on four criteria: LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care; LGBTQ Patient Services and Support; Employee Benefits and Policies; and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. CAVHS received the maximum score for each criterion.
“This is a true honor and reflective of how we serve our Veterans,” said Dr. Margie Scott, Medical Center director. “People of all walks of life have bravely chosen to defend this great nation and we take pride in meeting the needs of all of our Veterans.”The full HEI 2018 report may be downloaded at http://www.hrc.org/hei. An interactive Google map of hospitals making it into the HEI can be accessed at http://www.hrc.org/hei/interactive-map.