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Jackson Health System named leader in gay healthcare equality

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.

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