SIUH acknowledged as providing equal care for LGBT patients

Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) is among 26 healthcare facilities in New York State that are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friendly, according to a new report issued by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

HRC, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, gave SIUH top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who often face challenges when seeking medical treatment.

SIUH, along with the North Shore LIJ Health System's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, met four key criteria: patients' bill of rights, visitation policy, employment and training in LGBT patient-care for staff – to become Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

"This distinction means that we're becoming more sensitive to the LGBT community on Staten Island. 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.

Nationwide, 464 healthcare facilities achieved Equality Leader status and were recognized in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013.

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