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Three North Shore-LIJ Health System Hospitals Called Leaders in LGBT Equality
Date:7/18/2013

sland. They can feel confident when they come here that we have staff that understand their special needs and are comfortable in providing them with services,” explained Celina Ramsey, language, health literacy and diversity coordinator at SIUH.

The hospitals pursued HEI leadership status following a comprehensive review of their policies and practices surrounding health equality for all persons, including LGBT populations. The hospitals recognize that LGBT persons continue to face unique challenges and burdens in accessing equitable, non-discriminatory care and strive to not only address those challenges, but to be leaders 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 as a “Leader in LGBT Health Equality” underscores the hospitals’ 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 http://www.hrc.org/hei.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10943930.htm.


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