Mount Sinai Named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
We are proud to announce that six Mount Sinai campuses have been named “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by The Human Rights Campaign® (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization in their 2016 report based on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a unique annual survey that promotes equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work.
The “Leader” designation was awarded to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai Beth Israel was the first hospital in New York City to receive this honor, seven years ago.
Assessments are based on the HEI’s “Core Four” criteria for LGBT equity and inclusion: Patient Non-Discrimination; Equal Visitation; Employment Non-Discrimination; and Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care. The HEI survey further demonstrates Mount Sinai’s compliance and commitment to The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services standards as related to LGBT services.
MSHS earned top marks in meeting best practice benchmarks that include nondiscrimination, LGBT education, training, and community engagement, and demonstrated a commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.
While the HEI is a valuable tool for health systems to assess their own operations, it also helps patients find local LGBT-friendly health care facilities. Furthermore, “Leader” designation signals to patients that the health care facility has clearly met the foundational elements of LGBT patient-centered care.
Read the full press release here.