Jersey City Medical Center Named ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader’ 

Governor Phil Murphy (center) stopped by Jersey City Medical Center’s booth at the 19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival
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Governor Phil Murphy (center) stopped by Jersey City Medical Center’s booth at the 19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival

Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, was re-designated a “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The designation was awarded in the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).  JCMC was one of only 406 health care facilities that earned a “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation.

“Jersey City Medical Center is proud to once again be designated as a ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader,’” said Michael Prilutsky, President & CEO, Jersey City Medical Center.  JCMC received its first HEI designation in 2014.  “We will continue to create an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”

The 12th edition of the HEI assesses participants on four criteria: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and Patient and Community Engagement.

Last Saturday, August 24, JCMC joined as one of the lead sponsors of the 19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival held in historic downtown, just blocks away from the main hospital campus.  More than 10,000 people were estimated to be in attendance, including an appearance by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.  The JCMC team wore specially designed “Embracing Diversity and Health Equity” shirts in Pride colors, and shared health resources for LGBT community, as well as initiatives spearheaded by JCMC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information about Jersey City Medical Center, visit rwjbh.org/jcmc.