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Jackson Health System named leader in gay healthcare equality (with HRC 2012 index)

BY JOHN DORSCHNER, JDORSCHNER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

hei_participants_graphic1 Jackson Health System was one of 71 organizations in the United States to be named Tuesday as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The group’s Healthcare Equality Index for 2012 ranked Jackson for its handling of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families in terms of patient and employment non-discrimination, visitation and staff training.

“We are proud that Jackson Health System is once again being praised for treating all of our patients equally, with one standard of quality care,” said Chief Executive Carlos Migoya in a prepared statement.

Jackson was one of only three healthcare groups in Florida to be named.

Several years ago, Jackson was hit with a lawsuit by a cruise ship passenger who complained she was not allowed to see her gay partner who was dying in Ryder Trauma Center. Jackson staff insisted there had been no discrimination. The lawsuit was thrown out.

Read the HRC, Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index 2012:

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I was treated at Jackson before the lawsuit was finished, and my girlfriend was treated horribly when she called to ask about my surgery, even to the point that the nurses laughed at her. In fact, she called a friend of ours who in turn called and said she was my sister. They put her right through... On the other hand, and I am surprised that it didn't get any mention, I was hospitalized at Memorial West, and we had the best experience possible! They provided a chair/bed for my girlfriend to sleep in the room with me, treated the both of us with the most respect and kindness possible!

I really trust Jackson Health System. My friend was treated there before the lawsuit too. Now he is really all right. Thumbs up!!!!

It's good news that the lawsuit has been thrown out. Congratulations Jackson for a job well done. Continue being a blessing.

Really, Jackson is an internationally recognized, academic health system comprised of six hospitals.The more than 11,000 physicians, nurses and staff members that make up Jackson Health System are the "heart" of the organization.
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