Mount Sinai Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

New York, NY
 – April 4, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

Six campuses of the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) – The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West (formerly known as Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai Queens, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai – have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Mount Sinai Beth Israel was the first hospital in New York City to receive this honor, seven years ago.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that promotes equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work.

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.

“Mount Sinai has created a diverse organization that understands the unique needs of the many communities we serve,” said Barbara Warren, PsyD, Director, LGBT Programs and Policies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, MSHS. “We continue to advance equity and inclusion throughout our health system by creating a culturally and clinically competent environment, training and educating our health workforce and clinicians committed to this goal, and mainstreaming health services for the LGBT community.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei. For more information about Mount Sinai’s LGBT health services, visit http://www.wehealny.org/services/lgbt_health_services/.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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