Hospital supports LGBTQ+ community

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BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Memorial Hospital issued the following statement in support of LGBTQ+ staff, patients, families, and community members:

"We celebrate the recent Supreme Court rulings that prohibit employers from discriminating against any employee on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. At the same time, we reject any notions that hospitals or insurers should be able to use a patient's gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation as an excuse to refuse services or to discriminate in any way in the provision of healthcare

"With the help of our LGBTQ+ Leadership Council, whose members represent departments and practices throughout BMH, we have worked to educate and support our staff, to welcome our patients, and to provide a respectful and affirming environment for everyone who comes to our hospital. While we still have work to do, we are making progress toward creating a culture of humility and training all of our staff and providers on best practices for affirming care engaging the expertise of The Fenway Institute's National LGBT Health Education Center. We will continue this work within our hospital and with our community partners to increase visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues in healthcare, and remain committed to our goal of providing exceptional care to our community."

For question about LGBTQ+ initiatives at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, contact Johanna McLeod at jmcleod@bmhvt.org.

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