RWJBarnabas hospitals earn ‘Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ designation

RWJ University Hospital Somerset in Somerville
RWJ University Hospital Somerset in Somerville

Human Rights Campaign gives RWJBH high marks at eight locations

Eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The facilities recognized 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.

“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.

The eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities were among only a few hospitals in the state of New Jersey that earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive, and compassionate care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who often face significant challenges in securing the medical care they need and deserve.

The 2018 New Jersey list of hospitals rated ideal for LGBTQ Health 

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City
Clara Maass Medical Center Belleville
VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange
Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Hackettstown
Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Livingston
Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch Campus Long Branch
Goryeb Children’s Hospital Morristown
Morristown Medical Center Morristown
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark
Newton Medical Center Newton

“The Diversity and Inclusion Directors, along with their respective hospital teams not only ensured a successful implementation and ongoing monitoring of policies that are inclusive of our LGBTQ patients and families, but also, and more importantly, ensured that such policies are appropriate reflections of their standard operational practices,” added Parks.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, visit