NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer and in need of healthcare, you’ve come to the right city.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s arms in New Brunswick and Somerset have each earned the title “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a pro-gay-rights organization, according to an announcement. This marks the third consecutive year in which Robert Wood Johnson has captured the honor.
“Receiving this honor once again is a testament to the quality of care Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital continually delivers to our diverse patient population across the region,” Michael Antoniades, president and CEO of both locations, said in a statement. “The physicians and staff at RWJUH make the [utmost] effort to ensure patients of any orientation feel welcome so they can focus on wellness, healing and recovering.”
The hospitals earned the title by reaching a number of benchmarks within the healthcare equality index, a survey produced by the Human Rights Campaign each year to scrutinize medical center practices and how they affect care for LGBTQ people.
Nearly 600 hospitals participated in the 2017 survey, according to the announcement. Researchers eyed another 900 non-participating hospitals.
Just 302 nabbed the designation given to the two Robert Wood Johnson sites.
Earlier this year, the medical group opened a pro-LGBTQ practice in Somerset. About a year ago, Robert Wood Johnson established its first support group for family members of transgender people.