Nondiscrimination Philosophy

Equitable and inclusive care 

Hackensack Meridian Health is dedicated to providing respectful, compassionate care that meets the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) patients and their families.

We have been recognized as an LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our patients and their loved ones.

Hackensack University Medical Center has earned Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) “Leader” in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality designation. Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center have earned “Top Performer” designation by the HRC for providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our patients and their loved ones.

Equal visitation and nondiscrimination

Respecting the needs of a culturally diverse clientele and recognizing the advantages of having families at the bedside, we acknowledge that visiting patients is a desirable component of patient-centered care.

Patients (or their representatives, where appropriate) may designate who may and may not visit the patient, including but not limited to a spouse, a domestic or civil union partner (including a same-sex partner), another family member or a friend. Patients have the right to withdraw or deny consent, in whole or in part, to visiting at any time. Medical Center policy prohibits illegal discrimination against patients or their visitors because of their age, race, creed, color, nationality, national origin (including immigration status and English language proficiency), ancestry, marital status, familial status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sex, gender identity or expression (including with respect to access to facilities), affectional or sexual orientation, sex stereotyping, disability, nationality, or religion. Hackensack University Medical Center complies with The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1, et seq.), Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (42 U.S.C. 18116) and its implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 92, and all other applicable laws governing discrimination.

Visiting may be restricted based on the patient’s clinical condition and care needs. Staff will explain to patients and visitors any clinically necessary or reasonable restriction or limitation of visiting. The explanation will include the reasons for and expected length of restrictions or limitations.

All designated visitors must behave appropriately while on the hospital campus and follow the direction of hospital staff. Visitors that fail to do so may be required to leave the facility or be subject to other limitations.

LGBTQ Health Resources

LGBTQ patients have specific health needs that should be considered by each LGBTQ patient and discussed with a physician as appropriate. Please see the following documents which outline some of the top healthcare concerns for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Persons: