Exeter Hospital recently received healthcare equity “leader” status from the national Human Rights Campaign Foundation with a perfect score of 100 points on the healthcare equity index survey. Scores are awarded based on criteria in: foundational elements of LGBTQ+ patient‐centered care; patient services & support; employee benefits & policies; and patient & community engagement. Exeter is the only health care facility in NH, ME, and VT to receive Leader status.

Embracing Diversity through Initiative and Partnership

At Exeter, our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) isn’t just a statement—it’s a fundamental aspect of our mission to deliver exceptional care and support to both our patients and our workforce. In 2023, we established the DEIB Council to drive progress in four key areas that lie at the heart of our ability to provide quality care:

Health Equity for Patients

We’re dedicated to identifying and dismantling barriers to care for all patients. Our focus on health equity ensures that everyone, regardless of background, receives the same quality of care and support.

Celebrating Workforce Diversity and Belonging

Our commitment to our staff and providers goes beyond employment—it’s about creating an environment of belonging, safety, and respect at all times. We recognize that a diverse workforce fosters innovation and enriches our workplace.

Ensuring Diversity in Recruiting/Hiring Practices

To eliminate bias in our selection process, we’re working to identify and remove barriers to diversity in our recruitment and hiring practices. We’re also partnering with diversity-focused organizations to expand our recruitment efforts.

Continuing Community Investment and Partnership

We believe in supporting and collaborating with community-led initiatives. By investing in partnerships, we’re contributing to positive change and fostering a stronger sense of belonging for everyone.

Our DEIB Council collaborates with purpose and passion, harnessing the experiences and knowledge of individuals from across our health system and beyond. We’re excited about the journey ahead as we make progress in these crucial areas.

Affinity Groups

LGBTQ Advisory Committee: Established to ensure a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community, our advisory committee is committed to various initiatives:

Educational Sessions: We provide educational sessions for our medical staff and employees, often leveraging content from respected institutions like the Fenway Institute in Boston.

Listening Sessions: Patient stories and staff listening sessions help us better understand the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ community in seeking healthcare.

Contribution to DEIB: Our committee’s efforts contribute to our overarching DEIB initiatives, creating a more inclusive environment.

Health Equity Index: We’re actively pursuing Health Equity Index status for our organization to demonstrate our commitment to LGBTQ inclusion.

Listen to Dr. Robert Kelly discuss our LGBTQ+ Health Program

Podcast: Sg2 Perspectives, exploring how we’ve enhanced care and access for LGBTQ+ individuals in a rural setting.

For accommodation requests, please contact us at Recruitment@ehr.org. Your needs are important to us, and we’re committed to ensuring your experience with us is inclusive and comfortable.

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