Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), a RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the Pride flag on Tuesday, with Michael Prilutsky, President & CEO, leading the ceremony to kick-off the celebration of June as Pride Month. In addition to the flag remaining throughout the month, the hospital will illuminate the main campus facility with Pride colors at night during the month.
JCMC has received recognition as an LGBTQ Health Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation since 2014, for its continued effort in caring for LGBTQ patients and recognizing the contributions of its LGBTQ employees.
To be designated as an LGBTQ Health Equality Leader, the hospital had to meet four core principles, which included ensuring foundational protection for patients, visitors and staff in policies and provide cultural competency training on LGBTQ inclusion.
To create a culturally inclusive and respectful environment for all patients, Jersey City Medical Center has implemented the policy of displaying both the Legal and Preferred Name on patient wristbands. Sex at Birth, Gender Identify, Legal Name and Preferred Name remain a part of the registration data collection process and will be accessible in the patient’s permanent record.
About Jersey City Medical Center:
The Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a modern 316-bed teaching hospital located on a campus overlooking the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor, conveniently located near major highways, PATH, bus and light rail stops on campus. A not-for-profit hospital, JCMC is a state-designated Regional Trauma Center with more than 16,000 admissions and 90,000 Emergency Department visits annually. JCMC has been redesignated the Magnet Certification for Nursing Excellence for a third consecutive time , the only medical center in Hudson, Essex or Union counties to achieve this honor, and has received the highest-grade level “A” for safety for 14 reporting periods since 2012. RWJBarnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. The medical center is also a state-designated stroke center, a regional comprehensive cardiac center, a perinatal intensive care center, and a regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill newborns. JCMC, a provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, runs 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems. In addition, Jersey City Medical Center is a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency/crisis screening programs.