At Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC), we believe that all patients deserve high quality of care delivered with compassion and respect, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Like all patients, we recognize that LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) individuals need high quality, culturally competent health care from providers who know, respect, and understand them. They need providers who know their unique health risks and understand how to provide appropriate referrals and counseling.
ECMCC is committed to providing affirmative, sensitive, and informed health care to the LGBTQ community. We have developed policies to include patient and employee non-discrimination, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBTQ health education for staff.
ECMCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to ensure that our LGBTQ patients receive respectful and compassionate health care.
As an ECMC patient, LGBTQ individuals will be treated with the compassion and respect they deserve.
ECMCC defines family as two or more people who are related biologically, legally, or emotionally. Same-sex partners are recognized as the patient’s family even if the partners are not legally married.
New York State residents have the right to appoint a health care agent of their choice—including a same-sex partner—with a Health Care Proxy document. A “health care agent” is an adult who you have chosen to make decisions about your health care when you cannot do so. This person is also known as a health care proxy.