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Jersey City Medical Canter Named a 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

04/05/2017

JERSEY CITY, NJ – For the fourth consecutive year, Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been recognized as a 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. This designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare.

Jersey City Medical Center earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive, and compassionate care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who often face significant challenges in securing the medical care they need and deserve. To earn this recognition, RWJUH reached a set of LGBTQ-inclusive benchmarks from the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey that encourages equal care for the LGBTQ community Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to patients, visitors and employees.

“We’re proud of being a recognized leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality as it demonstrates our unwavering commitment to respecting our diverse patient population,” said Joseph F. Scott, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center. “Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, culture, race, traditions, beliefs and religion deserves equal access to exceptional healthcare. We pledge to continue ensuring that LGBTQ patients, their family members and visitors receive the highest quality of compassionate care. ”

A record 590 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2017 survey. In addition, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at more than 900 non-participating hospitals. Of all those included in the HEI, 302 earned a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation.

As part of its commitment to promote LGBTQ health equity and access to care, Jersey City Medical Center has created several policies and programs addressing issues facing this community. To foster an LGBTQ friendly place to work, Jersey City Medical Center added gender confirming surgery and hormonal drug therapy to its employee benefits plan; Policies have been put in place to ensure that same sex spouses are entitled to the same benefits as different sex spouses; A gender transitioning policy has been implemented for any employee who would like to transition their gender; and added LGBTQ training during new employee orientation.

To facilitate an LGBTQ patient –friendly environment, Jersey City Medical Center offers an LGBTQ webpage and provides same sex partners/spouses with equal visitation rights and the right to be designated as a medical decision maker. In addition, patients are assigned to a hospital room and use the restroom based on their gender identity.

Jersey City Medical Center also has LGBTQ representation on various boards throughout the hospital and hired an LGBTQ advocate for patients and employees. The medical center is also establishing a community advisory board.

Jersey City Medical Center is joined by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and Somerset as three of a few hospitals in the region to earn this distinction for creating diversity and inclusion policies and practices that respect the rights of patients, employees, physicians, and families.

Visit Jersey City Medical Center online at: www.barnabashealth/jerseycitymedicalcenter.

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