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LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Resources

LGBTQ CombinedEleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals earned “LGBTQ+ Health Care Equality Leader” designation – with a perfect score of 100:
  • Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune City
  • JFK University Medical Center, Edison
  • Mountainside Medical Center, Montclair
  • Ocean University Medical Center, Brick
  • Old Bridge Medical Center, Old Bridge
  • Pascack Valley Medical Center, Westwood
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy
  • Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin
Two Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals earned the HEI “Top Performer” – scoring from 80 95 points:
  • Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead
  • Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen

Hackensack Meridian Health offers LGBTQ+ Care:

  • Access to culturally competent treatment and prevention services
  • Coverage for reconstructive surgical procedures related to gender reassignment - (Change gender reassignment to gender-affirming care)
  • Coverage for transition-related care, including surgical procedures related to gender confirmation Coverage for medical visits or laboratory services
  • Pharmaceutical Coverage (i.e. hormone replacement therapies)
  • Mental health benefits
  • Short-term medical leave
  • Coverage of routine, chronic or urgent non-transition services
  • Infectious Disease
  • Family Health

Race, Ethnicity, Language, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Hackensack Meridian Health asks all patients about race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity. These questions are asked by registration and other staff members. You can also share this information with us using MyChart. At Hackensack Meridian Health, we believe that learning more about our patients will help us provide the highest quality care. Asking these questions is consistent with the hospital’s non-discrimination policies and federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and promotes our commitment to providing the highest quality care to all. You can learn more by visiting our Race, Ethnicity, Language, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity site. 

Health Information and Serving the LGBTQ+ Community:

Patient Rights

A summary of patient rights include the right:
  • To courteous treatment with respect for each patient’s dignity and individuality
  • To make an informed choice and to give informed consent for treatment
  • To an explanation of diagnosis and treatment options
  • To refuse medication and treatment to extent permitted by law and to be informed of medical consequences of such refusal
  • To receive appropriate assessment and treatment for pain
  • To effective communication, including a translator as necessary
  • To be included in clinical research only when you have given informed consent to participate

Additional patient rights include:

  • Freedom from restraints (unless authorized by a physician for limited periods of time)
  • A copy of hospital charges and fees for services provided
  • To be informed about any need for follow-up care and to receive assistance in obtaining such care
  • To receive a summary of your rights as a patient, including hospital grievance and complaint procedures, as well as contact information for hospital staff and the New Jersey Department of Health unit that handles questions and complaints
Patient Rights (English) Patient Rights (Spanish)

Legal Rights:

  • To treatment and medical services without discrimination based on sex/gender, race, age, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, citizenship, national origin, culture, marital status, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, diagnosis, any other category protected by state or federal law, ability to pay, or source of payment.
  • To exercise all your constitutional, civil, and legal rights.
Patient Visitation Rights

Non-Discrimination Policy:

As a recipient of funding through Federal Health Care programs, Hackensack Meridian Health does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, or national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran status, on the basis of disability or age, in sum or substance, ‘any other category protected by state or federal law’, in admission to, participation in, or receipt of services and benefits under any of its programs and activities. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (42 U.S.C. 18116). (For further information about this policy, contact Guest Relations at 732-836-4297).  

Additional Resources:

Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual, Transgender (LGBTQ+) patients have unique health care needs and they should discuss it with their health care provider.

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