Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013.
This annual survey is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.
The hospital earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges and barriers in securing quality healthcare.
Lenox Hill was among a select group of 464 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet or exceed key criteria for equitable care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
The hospital decided to pursue HEI leadership status following a comprehensive review of its policies and practices surrounding health equality for all persons, including LGBT populations.
The hospital recognizes that LGBT persons continue to face unique challenges and burdens in accessing equitable, non-discriminatory care and aims to not only address those challenges but to be a leader for LGBT health equality.
In addition to this recognition, Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital have conducted community health education and screenings at NYC Pridefest, provide free HIV testing and counseling, are working closely with the North Shore-LIJ Health System's Office of Diversity and Inclusion on launching an LGBT employee group, and regularly conduct LGBT cultural competency training for medical residents and interns.