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UnityPoint Health-Des Moines receives third LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader award


UnityPoint Health-Des Moines has received the LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader designation for a third time from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index and is the first time all four of UnityPoint’s Des Moines hospitals – Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children’s Hospital and Methodist West Hospital – received the distinction. A record 765 health care facilities participated in the HEI 2020 survey, with 495 earning a top score of 100 and the “Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality” designation. “All are welcome at UnityPoint Health,” said Joyce McDanel, vice president of human resources and education at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. “We believe our UnityPoint Clinic LGBTQ location provides crucial health care opportunities for Central Iowans, and this honor will help us continue to deliver an inclusive health care environment for our patients, providers and team members.” The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the VA Central Iowa Healthcare System also received top scores and the Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality designation. 

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