January 25, 2016
Care Dimensions named as leader in LGBT healthcare equality
DANVERS, MA – January 25, 2016 – Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The honor is given to organizations that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
Care Dimensions earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
“We are proud of our commitment to provide the highest quality end-of-life care to the LGBT community. At what can be the most difficult time in life, our compassionate staff honors each individual, treating them with dignity and respect,” said Care Dimensions President Diane Stringer, who has been at the helm of the nonprofit hospice organization for over 25 years.
Care Dimensions is one of a select group of healthcare organizations nationwide to be named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Organizations awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Care Dimensions for its tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”
Care Dimensions is largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients – in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals and at our Kaplan Family Hospice House – throughout all stages of advanced illness. Learn more at www.CareDimensions.org.
Care Dimensions Employees Celebrate Circle of Life Award
In celebration of winning the prestigious national 2015 Circle of Life award honoring innovation in hospice and palliative care, the staff of Care Dimensions took to song "performing" (with vocal assistance from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) the iconic Circle of Life song. Enjoy!
To view photos from our Circle of Life Award celebration, click here.