Staten Island University Hospital will receive an award Oct. 1 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for its work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The hospital is among 26 healthcare facilities in New York State that are LGBT friendly.
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 North Shore LI-J Health System hospitals Southside and Lenox Hill, 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.
Nationwide, 464 healthcare facilities achieved Equality Leader status and were recognized in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013.
The award ceremony is open to the public. It will be held in the Regina McGinn MD, Education Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Dr. Amanda Smith, an SIUH Emergency Department physician will discuss the significance of being an LGBT-friendly hospital, both from a clinical standpoint as well a member of the community it serves. Following her presentation, Donna Proske, SIUH executive director will accept the award.