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Diversity and Inclusion

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is committed to providing high-quality care and skilled, compassionate, reliable service to our community in a safe and healing environment. Consistent with this commitment, HSS admits and treats patients, and provides all care and services without regard to age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, veteran or military status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law or by accreditation standards.

Our Initiatives and Ongoing Education

HSS strives to deliver optimal care and services to all of our patients by adopting initiatives, behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enhance cultural competency and inclusion while serving a multicultural population. We believe that healthcare services that are respectful of and responsive to health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients help to foster positive health outcomes.

HSS has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” for the third consecutive year by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization in the US. We achieved high marks in the areas of nondiscrimination, LGBT education, training, and in our demonstration of commitment to equitable and inclusive care. Learn more

The 2017 designation was a part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that promotes equal care for LGBTQ Americans and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work to enhance their quality of life and experience.

We are proud of our organization wide efforts to enhance awareness and clinical care practice specifically for LGBT populations through:

  • Mandatory annual staff development trainings for all employees
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation data collection to guide clinical care and assess quality
  • A special leadership task force to address the concerns and clinical care of transgender patients
  • Ongoing institutional policies that foster optimal and sensitive care for LGBT patients, their family members and loved ones

View some of our current educational initiatives:

If you have any questions regarding community engagement and diversity initiatives please contact us.

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