Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital: Madison VA hospital is LGBT health care equality leader

Contact: Tim Donovan


or 608-256-1901 ext. 11011

MADISON, Wis. — William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in a survey by the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

The hospital earned top marks for its commitment to equitable and inclusive care for LGBT patients and families, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The Madison VA was among 464 health care facilities in the U.S.—including 90 other VA hospitals—to be named Leaders in the LGBT Healthcare Equality Index. Criteria for the title include non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital is a Madison-based 129-bed facility that provides health care for about 40,000 veterans who live in a 13,625 square mile primary service area comprising 15 counties in south central and southwest Wisconsin, and five counties in northwestern Illinois. The hospital operates an annex clinic in Madison and community-based outpatient clinics in Baraboo, Beaver Dam and Janesville, Wis., and in Rockford and Freeport, Ill.

The main hospital includes 85 acute care beds, 18 beds in the hospital’s residential rehabilitation treatment program, and a recently opened community living center provides an additional 26 beds for sub-acute transitional care, rehabilitation, and hospice care.

For more information about the Madison VA Hospital, visit www.madison.va.gov or www.facebook.com/MadisonVAHospital.

For information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, visit http://www.hrc.org/hei. See pages 16-19 of the report for the article, “VA Medical Centers Stand Out in HEI 2013.”