HACKENSACK, N.J. -- For the second year in a row, Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that it is one of 496 nationwide healthcare facilities -- and the only one in Bergen County -- to be recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
HackensackUMC earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges.
"At HackensackUMC, we are proud to have been recognized as a leader in LGBT healthcare equality," said HackensackUMC President Dr. Ihor Sawczuk. "We continue to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all our patients, their loved ones and our team members -- regardless of race, nationality or sexual orientation."
"“Despite all the progress we've made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "Leaders in LGBT healthcare equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day.
"LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Hackensack University Medical Center for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities resources designed to help provide equal care, as well as assistance in complying with regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, click here.
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