HFHS Joins Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce

BY KATE OPALEWSKI

DETROIT - The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce is "excited" to announce their newest corporate partner, Henry Ford Health Systems.

"After welcoming retired CEO Nancy Schlichting to speak at our Unconventional Leadership Event at the DIA in October it was just a matter of time before they partnered with us," said Kevin Heard, chamber president.

HFHS does not discriminate against any person based on sex, gender identity, gender expression or nonconformity with gender stereotypes. As a public entity, HFHS will ensure equal access, without bias, to services and programs, according to the HFHS Gender-Based Non-Discrimination Policy.

The chamber is working with HFHS to revamp their supplier diversity website to include LGBT suppliers and accept the National Gay & Lesbian Business Certification. Moving forward, LGBT business owners are encouraged to register on this website. HFHS purchases a vast catalog of commodities from food services to medical supplies, office supplies to landscaping.

"In addition to HFHS joining as a corporate partner, Jim O'Connor vice president for supply chain management at HFHS, has joined the chamber's board of directors. We welcome Jim and his interest in LGBT suppliers. We look forward to working alongside him," said Heard pointing to the March 9 Out & Equal networking event, which O'Connor will host.

HFHS has joined the chamber by way of the $5,000 platinum membership, which O'Connor said, "really just signals our interest in supporting the chamber. We think we can help with the development of the chamber by participating. We also want to communicate to our patients and their families that we're supportive of the LGBT community. That's what our objectives are."

HFHS has been supportive of the LGBT community for many years as indicated by the Healthcare Equality Index. The HEI is a national LGBT benchmarking tool evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

For more information about the chamber, visit their website.


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