Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
For Journalists
Telephone: 412-692-6254
Telephone: 412-586-9776

Children’s Hospital and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Recognized Again by Human Rights Campaign

PITTSBURGH, March 30, 2017 – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC) have been recognized again as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Children’s and WPIC were among a select group of 303 health care facilities nationwide to be named leaders in LGBTQ health care equality. Facilities awarded this title meet criteria in four key areas: Foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care; LGBTQ patient services and support; employee benefits and policies; and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. This is WPIC’s third year for recognition and Children’s second.
“While we are thrilled to receive this recognition, we also acknowledge there is still much to do,” said Elizabeth Miller, M.D., chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s. “We continue to work with leadership and staff at Children’s to ensure that all individuals and families feel welcome when they enter our clinical spaces.”
“Reflecting the values of UPMC, WPIC is committed to providing the highest level of care with compassion and respect,” said Carol VanZile, L.C.S.W., director of regulatory compliance at WPIC. “We are focused on educating our team about the importance of diversity and inclusion, especially as it relates to behavioral health services.”
Created in 2007, the Healthcare Equality Index offers health care facilities resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, while also complying with new regulatory requirements and receiving access to high-quality staff training.
Visit the Human Rights Campaign website for more information or to download a copy of the report.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |