LGBTQ Resources

Westside Regional Medical Center is committed to providing top quality care to all people including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We provide expert healthcare in a respectful environment.

Services

Non-Discrimination

Our Patient Non-Discrimination Policy has specific language that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Visitation

Our policy allows for a same-sex partner, family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their stay. Same-sex partners are recognized as the patient’s family, even if the partners are not legally married.

Advanced Directives

Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should they become unable to make these decisions yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. Advanced Directive agents are chosen by the patient and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.

Documentation in Medical Records

Westside Regional Medical Center maintains the confidentiality of all health information. We encourage you to inform your healthcare providers of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.

Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record

Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name and gender as it appears on your identification.

If you believe your rights are being denied or your health information isn’t being protected, you can file a complaint with the hospital Privacy Officer ((954) 452-2186), your health insurer or the U.S. government at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/.