As a LGBTQIA+ Patient, Family Member or Caregiver
UM Health-West is committed to the equitable treatment of all patients and guests. We hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by specifically identifying sexual orientation and gender identity in several UM Health-West policies procedures. We’ve also updated policies and procedures to include same-sex spouses and domestic partners, visitation, as well as an inclusive definition of ‘family,’ as defined by the patient.
- The ability and quality of care at the hospital shall not be influenced by patient’s race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, age or disability. (RM-27)
- Each patient (or support person, where appropriate) has the right, subject to their consent, to receive the visitors whom they designate, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend, and their right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time. (RM-27)
- The right to be fully informed, in advance, of proposed care and treatment and to actively participate in the planning and implementation of their care and treatment. (RM-27)
- The right to know the reasons for any proposed change in the Professional Staff responsible for their care. (RM-27)
- Families are welcome 24 hours a day according to patient preference. Family members, as identified by the patient, provide support, comfort, and important information during their hospital stay regardless of time of day, day of week or department. (SEC-07)
‘FAMILY’ AT UM HEALTH-WEST MEANS
A group of individuals with a continued legal, genetic and/or emotional relationship as defined by the patient, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same sex domestic partner), another family member or a friend.
Non-Discrimination & Grievance Resolution
UM Health-West has policies and procedures prohibiting discrimination or exclusion on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.