Valley Health System is proud of its commitment to the LGBTQ community! This page will provide updates on various initiatives underway at Valley.
Our Commitment -- in Writing
Three of Valley’s most important documents – its two Patient Bills of Rights and its Non-Discrimination Policy – are testament to our belief in equal access to healthcare for all people.
Bills of Rights
Valley’s Patient Bill of Rights and Ambulatory Patient Bill of Rights make clear Valley’s belief that individuals of all backgrounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity, share indispensable and essential rights regarding all aspects of their healthcare. To view our Patient Bill of Rights,
click here. To view our Ambulatory Bill of Rights, click here.
Valley’s Non-Discrimination Policy is an internal policy making clear to employees that Valley will not tolerate discrimination of any kind in the workplace. This paragraph is excerpted from that policy:
It is a policy of The Valley Hospital to make its health and medical care facilities and services available to all persons without regard to sex, race, physical or mental handicap or disability,
marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, age, affectional or sexual orientation or
affiliation, gender identity or expression, veteran's status, creed, atypical cellular or blood trait or hereditary disorder or genetic condition (including refusal to submit to genetic testing), religion, color, national origin, ancestry, nationality, liability for military service, and any other basis deemed protected under federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation. Such harassment and discrimination is unlawful and shall not be tolerated.
Healthcare Equality Index
Valley is seeking designation by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) as an LGBTQ-ready organization. The HEI, created by the Human Rights Campaign in 2007, is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, guests and employees.
To formalize Valley’s efforts to enhance the care provided to LGBTQ patients and to achieve HEI designation, Valley has formed the HEI LGBTQ Interdisciplinary Team (shown above).
The HEI rates healthcare facilities in four key areas, each of which the HEI LGBTQ Interdisciplinary Team has been evaluating and strengthening. The areas include: non-discrimination and staff training; patient services and support; employee benefits and policies; and patient and community engagement. Our goal in achieving designation is to signal to LGBTQ patients that we have met the foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care.
Stay tuned as Valley continues on this innovative and exciting journey.
Valley staff, led by Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, celebrated Valley's commitment to the LGBTQ community during a flag-raising ceremony in June 2017. This gesture celebrates acceptance and equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The flag shown below now flies at the entrance to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.
For more information on Valley’s main service lines please see the links below.
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