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
“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”
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.
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