• Press Release

Mount Sinai Named As 2020 National LGBTQ Health Equity Leader

  • New York, NY
  • (September 08, 2020)

Seven hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System have been recognized as national leaders in LGBTQ health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The HEI is a scoring system which rates hospitals and health care facilities on policies and best practices in LGBTQ patient-centered care in four areas: non-discrimination and staff training; patient services and support; employee benefits and policies; and patient and community engagement. 

In the 2020 report, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai each received the maximum score in each section, earning an overall score of 100.

“This important designation is an incredible honor for Mount Sinai and continues to showcase our commitment for LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees, especially during the unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the horrific incidents of racial violence targeting the Black community,” said Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, of the Mount Sinai Health System. 


“I am extremely proud of Mount Sinai’s continued dedication to providing inclusive care for all during this very unprecedented time. We have always been a diverse organization that understands the needs of the many communities that we serve. This is especially reflected in some of the new programs and institutes that have been launched at Mount Sinai, such as the Institute for Health Equity Research, created to understand the effects of health issues including COVID-19, affecting at-risk communities including those that are non-white, low-income, immigrant, uninsured, and LGBTQ + across all ages, genders and abilities,” said David Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer at The Mount Sinai Hospital. 


“Even during the most difficult times, Mount Sinai continues to thrive and become an innovator by establishing an integrated system of care for LGBTQ patients with groundbreaking programs such as Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery; the first fellowships in transgender surgery and psychiatry in the country; and a health care career pipeline program to offer LGBTQ high school students of color opportunities for mentorship and internships,” said Barbara Warren, PsyD, CPXP, Senior Director, LGBT Programs and Policies, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System. 

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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