Press Release

For Immediate Release:

August 26, 2019

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Tania Leets

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Jackson Health System Named “Leader in LGTBQ Healthcare Equality” for 8th Year

Jackson joins 406 health care providers nationwide earning the designation

Miami, FL – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation named all six Jackson Health System hospitals “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” for the eighth year.

Through its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), HRC evaluated Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson North Medical Center, Jackson South Medical Center, Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, and Holtz Children’s Hospital/The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, with all six earning top marks for their policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey, with the HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at 1,000 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the HEI, 406 earned a “LGBTQ health care Equality Leader” designation, including Jackson.

Only four other facilities in South Florida made the list, including the University of Miami Hospital, VA Miami Healthcare System, Florida Medical Center – A Campus of North Shore, and the VA West Palm Beach Medical Center.

“Jackson’s mission is to ensure an inclusive, supportive, and safe environment for all our patients, visitors, nurses, and staff, including meeting the unique needs of LGBTQ people and families,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “To be continually considered a leader in advancing care equality to our LGBTQ community is truly a source of pride.”

Jackson hospitals have received this distinction eight times since 2011.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. For more information about the 2019 Healthcare Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei

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