NEW YORK -- Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013. This annual survey is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. The hospital earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges and barriers in securing quality healthcare.
“Our recognition as a ‘Top Performer’ by the HRC Foundation is an incredible endorsement of our commitment to provide quality care to all our patients and support a diverse workplace,” said Dennis Connors, executive director of Lenox Hill Hospital. “Our hospital takes tremendous pride in recognizing the diverse needs of all of our patients and treating every individual with dignity and respect,” added John Gupta, executive director of Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, a division of Lenox Hill Hospital.
Lenox Hill Hospital was among a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet or exceed key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
The hospital decided to pursue HEI leadership status following a comprehensive review of its policies and practices surrounding health equality for all persons, including LGBT populations. The hospital recognizes that LGBT persons continue to face unique challenges and burdens in accessing equitable, non-discriminatory care and aims to not only address those challenges but to be a leader for LGBT health equality.
In addition to this recognition, Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital have conducted community health education and screenings at NYC Pridefest, provide free HIV testing and counseling, are working closely with the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion on launching an LGBT employee group, and regularly conduct LGBT cultural competency training for medical residents and interns.
The recognition of Lenox Hill Hospital as a “Leader in LGBT Health Equality” underscores the hospital’s commitment to delivering quality care to each patient and reducing health disparities. This is one marker of its comprehensive plan to continue a long tradition of health equality leadership and service. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.