Lenox Hill Hospital Named “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”

NEW YORK – For the second year in a row, Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”.  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.

“Our recognition as a ‘Top Performer’ by the HRC Foundation is an incredible endorsement of our commitment to provide quality care to all our patients and support a diverse workplace,” said Dennis Connors, executive director of Lenox Hill Hospital   “Our hospital takes tremendous pride in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our patients.”  

Lenox Hill Hospital was among a select group of 426 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.  

In addition to this recognition, The North Shore-LIJ Health System donated $100,00 to the New York City LGBT Center, which has long been a home and resource hub for the LGBT community and New York City residents.  North Shore-LIJ also donated an additional $100,000 to the New York City AIDS Memorial that will be erected in St. Vincent’s Hospital Park, located across from the Lenox Hill Greenwich Village, which opened this past July between W. 12th and 13th Streets.  Lenox Hill Greenwich Village is a new model of community based care that integrates health and wellness services with seamless access to 24-hour emergency care and a full range of medical specialists.

Lenox Hill Hospital has conducted community health education and screenings at NYC Pridefest, provided free HIV testing and counseling and is working closely with the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion on launching an LGBT employee group, and regularly conducts LGBT cultural competency training for medical residents and interns. 

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit  

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 10 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. It is also recognized nationally as a leader maternal/child health and offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties.  For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

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