Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, has been recognized
as a 2016 Leader in LGBT 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.
The findings were part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality
Index, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans,
and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work. Recognition
is based on the following four criteria for LGBT patient-centered care
known as the “Core Four:
Patient Non-Discrimination. Patient non-discrimination policy (or patients' bill of rights) includes
the term "sexual orientation" and the term "gender identity.”
LGBT-inclusive patient non-discrimination policy is communicated to patients
in at least two documented ways AND is communicated to staff.
Equal Visitation. Visitation policy explicitly grants equal visitation to LGBT patients and
their visitors and is communicated to patients in at least two documented
ways AND is communicated to staff.
Employment Non-Discrimination. Employment non-discrimination policy (or equal employment opportunity
policy) includes the term “sexual orientation” and the term
"gender identity," which is communicated to the public in at
least one documented way.
Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care. The staff receives training in LGBT patient-centered care.
This is the second consecutive year that Saint Barnabas Medical Center
has been so recognized. Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City is another
Barnabas Health facility that was also recognized.
“At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, our mission is to provide Compassionate
Care, Healthcare Excellence and Superior Service to our patients and their
families. We are very proud of being named a 2016 Leader in LBGT Healthcare
Equality as it recognizes our commitment to respecting diversity in our
patients, their families, our employees and all who access our services,”
states Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas
A record 2,061 healthcare facilities were rated in the HRC Foundation’s
2016 HEI survey, up 37 percent from the last survey. Less than 500 healthcare
facilities earned the Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation.