For Immediate Release

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore & Northwest Hospital Earn the 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Sinai and Northwest are two of only 418 U.S. health care providers to receive this recognition

Washington DC - Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland have each earned the 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

HEI Leader This designation signifies that they are leaders in the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients and employees. The HRC is the educational arm of the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the United States. 

“This HRC Foundation recognition is tremendously significant for Sinai and Northwest hospitals. Our top priorities are caring for our communities together and providing excellent medical treatments and emotional support to our patients and their families no matter what their sexual orientation, race, ethnic background and age,” says Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, the hospitals’ parent organization. “Our employees take great pride in fostering inclusion.”

These designations were published in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

This is the second year that participants are given a numerical score based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. HEI participants are scored using four criteria: Foundational Elements of LGBTQ Patient-centered Care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. Participants that receive the maximum score of 100 in each section earn the coveted status of 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.

A record 626 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey with 418 earning the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation with a score of 100. Another 95 facilities earned the Top Performer designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points…with 82 percent of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more. The HRC Foundation also proactively researched key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals.

LifeBridge Health is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health services in Maryland. LifeBridge Health includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale Hebrew and Geriatric Center and Hospital, and related affiliates. For more information, visit

Helene King