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

New York, NY
 – October 1, 2014 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI), Mount Sinai St. Luke's (MSSL) and Mount Sinai Roosevelt (MSR) campuses in the Mount Sinai Health System 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. MSBI was the first hospital in New York City to receive this honor five years ago. The findings were part of HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.

MSHS earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria demonstrating 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 creating a culturally competent clinical environment, training and education physicians committed to this goal, and mainstreaming health services for the LGBT community."

MSHS was among a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

"Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day," said Chad Griffin, HRC president. "LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrate Mount Sinai for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."

The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

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 member 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 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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