ECMC Achieves National LGBTQ “Leader Status”

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation has achieved leader status in the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ healthcare equality index (HEI). ECMC scored 100 points in the HEI to earn the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader designation.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its 15th anniversary edition of the HEI March 27; it is the country’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the 2022 HEI survey and 496 of those earned an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader designation, while 251 earned the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Top Performer designation.

“ECMC is committed to the principles and objectives of Human Rights Campaign and we are honored to receive this designation, which reinforces our dedication to ensuring these important standards are maintained throughout our institution,” said  Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, ECMC president and chief executive officer.

Cynthia R. Bass, ECMC’s chief diversity officer, said, “After much time and effort put forth to achieve this goal, we are honored and thankful to the Human Rights Campaign for recognizing ECMC’s commitment to achieving this level of recognition.  As a result, ECMC is now nationally a recognized LGBTQ+ healthcare leader; we are pleased and proud of this very gratifying accomplishment.”