25 N.J. health facilities named leader in LGBTQ health care equality

Twenty-five health care facilities in New Jersey have earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the education unit of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

The designations were released in the 12th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, an online survey created in 2007 to meet the needs of all health care organizations seeking to provide optimal care to LGBTQ patients

The following New Jersey-based health care facilities all earned a score of 100 by meeting criteria that focused on a commitment to equitable, inclusive and compassionate care for LGBTQ patients and their families.

To earn a score an recognition, health centers were ranked on how many LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices they have in place in five criteria from the HEI, including non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, patient and community engagement, and responsible citizenship. Newly-added this year was the additional requirement that health facilities provide transgender-inclusive health benefits to their employees to receive a score of 100 points.

A total of 680 health care facilities participated in the HEI 2019 survey. Of the ones surveyed, 406 (60%) earned a top score of 100.