Jackson Memorial Apparently Only Hospital in the South That Cares About Gay People
That's assuming you don't consider D.C, and Maryland part of the South, and you do consider Miami an actual part of it.
The results were tabulated from a voluntary survey, and more than 315 facilities in 29 states responded to the questionnaire. The hospital were asked whether or not they met the following criteria:
1a Patients' Bill of Rights and/or non-discrimination policy includes "sexual orientation"Jackson Health Systems got perfect marks, and was awarded a shiny, new "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" accolade. It is one of only 27 facilities in America to pick up the award.
1b Patients' Bill of Rights and/or non-discrimination policy includes "gender identity or expression" or "gender identity"
2a Explicitly inclusive visitation policy grants same-sex couples equal visitation access as different-sex couples and next of kin
2b Explicitly inclusive visitation policy grants same-sex parents equal visitation access as different-sex parents for their minor children
3 Provide cultural competency training addressing healthcare issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
4a Equal employment opportunity policy includes "sexual orientation"
4b Equal employment opportunity policy includes "gender identity or expression" or "gender identity
The distinction is an important turn around for Jackson. Back in 2008 the system made headlines when a woman collapsed during a Miami vacation and the hospital barred her female partner and children from seeing her. The woman died alone.
Broward's Memorial Healthcare System also responded to the survey, but don't have protections for gender identity for either patients or employees and does not provide cultural competency training.
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