Human Rights Campaign rates NJ hospitals for LGBTQ healthcare

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LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader 2019 designation from HRC

HRC gives all Atlantic Healthcare facilities and 8 RWJ/Barnabas facilities high marks

Atlantic Health System announced that its six hospitals earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index 2019 from the Human Rights Campaign. This is the second consecutive year Morristown, Overlook, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown medical centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital earned this designation.

Meanwhile, eight of RWJBarnabas Health facilities have also been recognized. The facilities in 2019 include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The distinguished honor of being selected as “Healthcare Equality Leaders” was based on an annual comprehensive assessment identifying health care 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. In New Jersey, eleven other hospitals also received a top score in the 2019 index. The other eleven are not affiliated with Atlantic Healthcare or RWJBarnabas health facilities.

“The HRC Foundation evaluated health care facilities nationwide and recognized the majority of RWJBarnabas Health hospitals met the standards to be awarded the Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality designation, a major accomplishment, reinforcing our unwavering and steadfast commitment to deliver culturally-competent care to the diverse communities we serve,” said Trina Parks. “In honoring such commitment, we will continue to create an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”  Parks is Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, RWJBarnabas Health.

At Atlantic Health Systems Armond Kinsey, Chief Diversity Officer, said, “Being a diverse organization means that each team member feels included and can bring their whole self to work so we can provide unwavering and extraordinary caring to the communities we serve. Earning the LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader Designation is a reflection of our mission to build healthier communities and illustrates or commitment to creating a safe environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy.”

Complete list of 2019 New Jersey hospitals rated ideal for LGBTQ Health 

    • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood;
    • VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange;
    • University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Plainsboro;
    • Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin;
    • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston;
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, Somerville;
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick;
    • Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank;
    • Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy;
    • Overlook Medical Center, Summit;
    • Ocean Medical Center, Brick;
    • Newton Medical Center, Newton;
    • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark;
    • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown;
    • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch;
    • Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City;
    • Hackettstown Medical Center, Hackettstown;
    • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack;
    • Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown;
    • Community Medical Center, Toms River;
    • Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville;
    • Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains;
    • Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus;
    • Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel;
    • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, visit