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Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Hosting LGBTQ Healthcare Forum

Sep 12, 2018

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is hosting an LGBTQ Healthcare Community Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Sierra Vista Auditorium at 1010 Murray Avenue in San Luis Obispo.

The community is invited to meet local healthcare providers who are committed to improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community with sensitive and culturally competent care. There will also be a roundtable discussion about the state of LGBTQ healthcare in our community and the issues that matter most to LGBTQ patients and their families. Refreshments will be served. Please call to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

“We are focused on providing a safe and welcoming environment to everyone we serve and to delivering high-quality care to all our patients,” says Mark Lisa, CEO of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. “We are dedicated to providing care that is culturally competent and patient-centered to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.”

In an effort to ensure it is a welcoming and inclusive hospital for all patients, employees and visitors, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is currently in the process of becoming a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality as designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Sierra Vista’s sister hospital – Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton – earned its LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in March, becoming the first and only hospital in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to do so. Sierra Vista hopes to follow suit during the next accreditation process. The goal is to ensure that patients, employees and visitors continue to feel safe, secure, welcomed and protected from discrimination.

To register for the LGBTQ Healthcare Community Forum at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center or for a listing of LGBTQ welcoming providers, please call (844) 864-6089 or visit www.sierravistaregional.com.

Save the Date: Sierra Vista is also hosting an educational seminar for healthcare providers on providing trans-affirming healthcare. It’s taking place Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar is presented by Tranz Central Coast and sponsored by Sierra Vista and Twin Cities, in conjunction with their LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Advisory Councils. The agenda includes: introduction to transgender terminology, panel discussion with transgender community members, medical transition for men, women, boys and girls, and much more. For additional information, please visit www.tranzcentralcoast.org.

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