Swedish believes health is a human right, and our caregivers acknowledge the health inequities people of the LGBTQIA+ community face. To combat this, we have resources called "We Ask Because We Care" and "People Matter Words Matter." The inclusive language shared in both of these resources will show each member of our diverse community we value them and are committed to using safe and inclusive language to provide the highest quality care possible.
- People Matter Words Matter poster
- We Ask Because We Care poster
- We Ask Because We Care wallet-sized card
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Glossary
In 2022, the Swedish Ballard, Cherry Hill, Edmonds, First Hill, and Issaquah hospital campuses earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Quality Leader” designation as part of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQI+ patients, visitors and employees.
Swedish views this recognition as an opportunity to continue to grow and learn with our community. Our caregivers have access to more than 200 online, on-demand CME-accredited training options. These training options include both interactive eLearning courses and recorded webinars. All the training options are free for caregivers. Note: If you are a Swedish caregiver make sure to input the facility ID to get credit for Swedish.
- Human Rights Foundation's free continuing medical education training information
- How to register for the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center webinars
- How to register for the CAL
“Here at Swedish, our commitment is to outstanding patient care, for all. To meet this goal, we have to make sure we are taking into consideration the needs of all of the populations that we serve. The HEI training was an excellent introduction to some necessary discussions in a way that was interesting, enlightening and thought provoking. Seeing health care through the eye of those we desire to serve is invaluable. I would highly recommend this training as it is a true value add for health care leaders.”~ Christopher Chisholm, MD, MS, CPE, FAAEM
Chief Medical Officer, Swedish Medical Center
"Our core values are Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity. Successfully executing on all of these is contingent on inclusion, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. We could not be successful as an organization without the education and resources provided by the Human Rights Campaign. We are grateful for the content and feedback provided by the Healthcare Equality Index as we continue to better ourselves as an organization for both our patients and our caregivers."~ Zachary Litvack, MD, MCR, FAANS, FACS
Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Swedish Neuroscience Institute