NEWARK, NJ — University Hospital announced today that it will accept a 2019 Newark PROUD Award, an annual distinction given to individuals and organizations in celebration of achievement and excellence by, for and about Newark’s LGBTQ communities. 

University Hospital, which was also recognized as a top performer in LGBTQ health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the third time this year, is being recognized on Nov. 20 for its LGBTQ support and local initiatives like Newark Gay Pride. 

“We are honored to receive this award, not only for supporting this community but for prioritizing their health and wellness. We are committed to providing every patient with high-quality, respectful care,”  Shereef Elnahal, President and CEO of University Hospital, said in a press release. 

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The health care center is also home to the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health, where the first successful gender reassignment surgeries in New Jersey were performed. University Hospital offers a full array of medical, psychiatric and surgical care for transgender individuals through the center and has established itself as a compassionate and coordinated provider in gender affirmation. 

The 7th annual Newark PROUD Awards is co-hosted by Newark Pride and Urban & Out. Other Newark PROUD 2019 awardees include Travis Love, Alison Modica, Jamir Tuten, and Out in Jersey.

“We are honored to be recognized with a Newark PROUD Award. University Hospital prioritizes being an inclusive health care institution, committed to meeting the needs of all members of our community. This recognition is an honor that reflects our continuous and ongoing efforts,” said Franklin Hickey, Chair of University Hospital’s LGBTQIA Committee.