LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently one of eight RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facilities to be recognized and re-designated as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation—the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

According to RWJBH, the HRC Foundation envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Facilities such as SBMC are selected as “Healthcare Equality Leaders” based on an annual comprehensive assessment identifying healthcare institutions that are leaders in efforts to offer equitable care to LGBTQ patients by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

“RWJBarnabas Health is committed to treating everyone with respect and dignity while appreciating and embracing the differences as well as the similarities that exist among us,” said Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at RWJBH. “We want all patients to feel welcomed and be able to get the care that they need at all stages of their life. We are proud to be leading the way in New Jersey in providing health care services for the LGBTQIA community and to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”

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The other RWJBH facilities recognized this year include Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

These facilities and SBMC were among only a few hospitals in the state that earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive and compassionate care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who often face significant challenges in securing the medical care they need and deserve.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, visit hrc.org/hei.

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