LI Employers Named to 2022 Healthcare Equality Index

Several Long Island health systems have been named to the 2022 Health Care Equality Index. The policies and practices of these organizations related to equity and inclusion for their LGBTQ+ patients.

Some of these recognized organizations include Northwell Health, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and Northport VA Medical Center.

“At Northwell Health, we continue to expand our culture of care where we build trust and partnerships with our patients and are committed to providing culturally sensitive, respectful and humanistic care to all of our communities,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. officer and senior vice president of the Center for Health Care Equity, said in a statement.

“We provide personalized and compassionate health care to every person, including members of our community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer,” added Mieres. “It is a great privilege – and a great responsibility – as we continue our journey to rekindle the human connection as a pathway to advancing diversity, inclusion and health equity. We are honored to be recognized by the HRC Healthcare Equality Index for the past eight years.

“Year after year, the Stony Brook LGBTQ+ Committee is committed to providing equitable, high-quality care to our LGBTQ+ community in Suffolk County,” said Dr. Hal Paz, CEO of Stony Brook University Medicine, in a statement. “I am proud of the collective efforts and hard work of Stony Brook Medicine’s entire healthcare system to achieve this recognition. »

Twenty Northwell hospitals received perfect marks: Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, LIJ Forest Hills , LIJ Valley Stream, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, Plainview Hospital, South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, South Oaks Amityville Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital (North and South Campus), Syosset Hospital, Zucker Hillside Hospital in New Hyde Park.

In addition, the Center for Transgender Care in Great Neck, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, Lenox Health Greenwich Village, the Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, and the Stern Family for Rehabilitation have each earned the designation. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, which operates more than 50 locations in the New York metro area, earned top performer status.

All of Stony Brook’s medical hospitals received top score of 100 in survey covering non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies , as well as patient and community engagement.

Each year, Stony Brook University Hospital seeks new ways to meet and affirm the specific and unique needs of LGBTQ+ people.

In 2021, Stony Brook Medicine realized that there was little quantitative information available nationally and regionally on the health needs of LGBTQ+ people. As a result, Stony Brook has worked with more than 30 Long Island-based organizations and community leaders to reach out to all sectors of the LGBTQ+ community to complete the LGBTQ+ Health Needs Assessment Survey, launched during the month of Pride in June 2021. The survey aimed to provide Long Island’s LGBTQ+ community with the opportunity to voice their healthcare needs so that SBM and its partners can better support them and advocate on their behalf. At the end of September 2021, a total of 1,150 participants completed the survey.

Stony Brook Medicine continues to grow its LGBTQ+ committee, across all of its hospitals, to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, including patients, faculty, staff, and trainees.

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