VA Montana Health Care System was one of two healthcare systems in Montana and one of 426 nationally to be recognized by Human Rights Campaign Foundation as “Leaders in Healthcare Equality” in its Healthcare Equality Index.

“These facilities are doing amazing work to enact and support inclusive policies,” said Human Rights Campaign Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer Jeff Krehely. “They have proven that they are not only committed to the equal treatment of their LGBT patients, but their LGBT employees as well.”

To be designated a Leader, facilities must meet the Healthcare Equality Index’s “core four” criteria: both a fully- LGBT inclusive patient and employment non-discrimination policy, an explicit policy on equal LGBT patient visitation rights, and staff trained in LGBT patient care.