BASKING RIDGE, N.J., March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ), world-renowned in the field of assisted reproductive technology, has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
Dr. Paul Bergh, founding partner of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, states, "The physicians and staff at RMANJ are fully committed to diversity and equality for all of our patients struggling to build their families and will continue to provide state-of-the-art reproductive services in a welcoming and empathetic environment. We are pleased and honored to be recognized as a leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our efforts to support the LGBT community."
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey is one of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
"Despite all the progress we've made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day," said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. "LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients."
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.
ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF NEW JERSEY
The experts at RMANJ offer IVF delivery rates of 60.8% in women under 35* (n=746/SART.org) which is above the US average. Since 1999, they have helped bring more than 30,000 babies to loving families. In addition to serving as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ (www.reifellowship.com), the practice has 22 physicians and nine locations in New Jersey: Basking Ridge, Eatontown, Englewood, Freehold, Hamilton, Morristown, Short Hills, Somerset, and West Orange. RMANJ will be opening its tenth office location in Marlton in July 2016.
RMANJ pioneered and successfully implemented a cutting-edge technology known as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) to more accurately detect healthy embryos that have led to successful pregnancies and ultimately healthy babies. Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS) is owned and operated by the Foundation for the Assessment and Enhancement of Embryonic Competence (www.faeec.org), and offers advanced embryo selection with extreme accuracy by detecting and avoiding use of embryos with chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer and pregnancy. For more information please call 973-656-2089 or visit www.rmanj.com.
*A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches, and entry criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic. Please visit www.SART.org for more information.
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