Description: The article below is mainly giving us the introduction about Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and some comments and feedback people have towards that center.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was the first hospital in the United States to have a patient Bill of Rights that guaranteed access to care for everyone, our culture of inclusion builds on the legacy of our two founding hospitals which were created to provide care for those who had been disenfranchised by the health care system. We’re very proud of who we are and what we do for all of our patients families and our employees happy pride BIDMC.
I came to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2005 and it was really wonderful, this was the first time I had had a job interview, where I could be out and I was able to talk about myself and my wife Jacqueline and the work that we did for marriage equality in Massachusetts and I got the job and my colleagues are very supportive and it’s been really wonderful to work in the Department of Radiology with such a great group in breast imaging.
I remember years ago, huddled around human resources with Hospital leadership, talking about ways that we can create pride and respect and equity for our LGBT community here, simply making it a great place to work.
It’s pretty remarkable to think back in those days, because we would go on to become the first hospital that would offer spousal equivalency benefit in the city and that would openly celebrate pride week and would honor members of this community for their contributions now.
This year marks my 25th anniversary here at the Medical Center, for me it just gets better the I DMC has one of the longest standing LGBT advisory committees focusing on making a more positive and supportive environment for LGBT patients, their families and staff members.
We really celebrate diversity here at the festival every year as part of the pride celebration, we hold an awards banquet that honors individuals and groups both within the medical center and also the Greater Boston area that have made a positive impact on the LGBT community.
Every year, we get together to march in Boston pride, our group is dedicated to bringing the issues of the LGBT community to the forefront and making it better for all of our employees.
My name is Mark Tierney, I have been working at beth israel deaconess for about 23 years. I was an out lesbian in the laboratory for the first 20 years and I came to understand that I needed to transition to my true male self mark.
I went to my supervisor, Jeana McCormic and to Joe ayub in human resources and we outlined a program of telling people first, those close to me and then my supervisor to tell the supervisors around me how this was a smooth process, people got over the initial surprise and we’re soon able to use mark.
What could have been an extremely difficult process has come out very nicely, beth israel deaconess medical center is a great and supportive place to work my partner mark and I have been together for almost 13 years and in October 2004 we got married.
I’ve always felt comfortable and respected for who I am and who I love whether it’s attending the cardiology holiday party together or mark being able to receive the same excellent care and access to skilled specialists that I received.
It gives me great satisfaction and peace of mind knowing that our relationship is treated just like any other Thanks BIDMC for making it better at beth israel deaconess medical center, we’re committed to creating an environment that’s welcoming inclusive and supportive to all our patients, that’s why our visitors guide is explicit in defining family very broadly.
In fact, we define family as whoever the patient defines beth israel deaconess medical center, we’re making it better, we’re here at Beth Israel, because we gave birth to baby max 11 weeks early, he’s been here for three weeks.
I can’t speak highly enough for the way. I’ve been treated here, they give you these IDs to wear and my ID says parent on it and I was almost in tears when I read that, because I didn’t expect to be accepted as I’ve been and people find out I’m the other mother.
I’m with business there, there’s no hesitation as to whether or not I have the same rights, the Medical Center has always been dedicated to working with people in the LGBT community to make care better for LGBT patients.
When I started here as an intern in the 1980s, that was very true with the beginning of the HIV epidemic very scary to all of us, but an area where we all put our heads together and try to get ahead of the epidemic as we could.
That’s continued up into the present with collaborations with fenway health including a novel training program, that’s happening for medical residents which will teach LGBT health issues and also how to take good care of people with HIV infection, so the Medical Center has a wonderful collaborative interactions and is very supportive in these areas.
I feel very proud to work in a place. Beth Israel Deaconess has been a leader in so many aspects of life important years. I’m not surprised to see them doing the same with regard to the very important issue of fighting against prejudice and making people feel better whooping the victims of a death.
The IDC has a great record in being supportive of people who gave as being bisexual and transgender and to be able to work in such a supportive atmosphere and such a first-rate institution.
When they do it, I will say the theme of making it better has a particular clean, belong target for a hospital 21 years ago, I had a heart attack and I went to Beth Israel to get an angioplasty, they may be better and there’s a gay man.
I’m glad to see if that’s still added, making people better in a variety of ways, we’re making it better.