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Garnet Health Medical Center Named Top Performer by Healthcare Equality Index for Dedication to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Garnet Health Medical Center Named Top Performer by Healthcare Equality Index for Dedication to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Earns LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer designation.

Middletown, N.Y. (June 20, 2022)  Garnet Health Medical Center is proud to announce designation as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).


The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities and their policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2022 survey, and 251 received Top Performer status.

“Our Top Performer recognition acknowledges Garnet Health’s efforts in striving to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected and affirmed and feel safe, whether seeking healthcare services or as a member of our workforce,” said Garnet Health President and CEO Alfred Pilong Jr. “We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion whenever we are interacting with our patients and their families, our physicians, our workforce, our business partners and the diverse communities we serve.”

The HEI evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  • Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care
  • LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support
  • Employee Benefits and Policies
  • Patient and Community Engagement

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About Garnet Health

Garnet Health is a New York state, not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City. It is the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care.

Providing healthcare to approximately 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskills region. Garnet Health provides services through more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare. To learn more about Garnet Health, visit

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