Wood River Health has been designated by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) as an LGBTQ+ Safe Zone, certifying that we provide care that meets the specific needs of patients who identify as LGBTQ+. As a Safe Zone, Wood River Health has proven that we provide safe, affirming, and inclusive care to the members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Certification requirements for BCBSRI LGBTQ Safe Zones include staff training specific to the care of LGBTQ patients, protection for patients and staff from discrimination based on gender identity or expression, gender neutral bathrooms, inclusive forms and procedures, and a public commitment to connecting with and serving the LGBTQ+ community.
Since BCBSRI launched the program in 2016, 117 healthcare sites have achieved BCBSRI Safe Zone designation. To learn more about the program, visit the BCBSRI LGBTQ Safe Zone website.
Pictured above: Scott Gowrie, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist and BCBSRI Safe Zone Program Lead with Wood River Health's Kathy Vizcaino, HR Generalist; Alison L. Croke, President and CEO; and Regan Pennypacker, Board Chair. Photo by Seth Jacobson Photogaphy.