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MetroHealth Receives HRC Corporate Equality Award

MetroHealth was presented with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Award at HRC’s 25th Dinner and Auction hosted at the Hilton in Downtown Cleveland Saturday, August 18. Alan Nevel, SVP Chief Diversity and HR Officer accepted the award on behalf of MetroHealth.MetroHealth has been a leader in health care equality, participating in the HRC Quality Index since 2011. The Index is a benchmarking tool, which measures organizations’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.“MetroHealth is proud to be on the front lines and in the trenches advocating for true inclusion, valuing, embracing and leveraging the power that diversity brings in order to create successful outcomes for our employees, our patients, and our community,” said Alan in his acceptance speech.In 2007, MetroHealth started the very first Pride Clinic in Greater Cleveland, which is dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. In 2006, the Gay Straight Alliance was formed, an Employee Resource Group focused on promoting an environment where (LGBTQ) employees can be open and honest in their work environment and straight employees can grow in their understanding and tolerance of both their co-workers and their LGBTQ patients.

MetroHealth's Kids’ Pride clinic is designed to provide clinical and emotional support to transgender and gender nonconforming kids and teens, as well as their parents. And since 2015, MetroHealth has hosted a Transgender Job Fair, connecting the LGBTQ community with organizations, workshops and community resources to secure employment.“We are proud of our accomplishments,” said Alan. “However, we know that we must remain steadfast in our commitment to do even more to make this great city and this great region one where everyone can be whom they truly are without fear of criticism, discrimination, retaliation or retribution.”

For Alan's entire remarks, click here.

Pictured front row: Ted Rosati, Gay-Straight Alliance; Alan Nevel, SVP, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer.Pictured back row: Robert Tackett, Gay-Straight Alliance; Douglas Van Auken, MD, Pride Network; Lourdes Negron-McDaniel, Director, Office of Inclusion and Diversity; Terry Stancin, MD, Kidz Pride Clinic; Deborah Casciato, Kidz Pride Clinic; Marian Lowes, Transgender Job Fair Committee.