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VA Hudson Valley Health Care System

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veteran Care

LGBT Patient Centered Care

We Serve All WHo Served

Welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans!

An estimated 1 million Veterans identify as LGBT. More than 36,000 gay men and lesbians are on active duty, and likely up to 87,000 men and women in the service are gay or lesbian, including the National Guard or Reserves. LGBT Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare. The VA Hudson Valley is committed to providing inclusive, comprehensive, patient-centered care to all Veterans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans in a safe, respectful healthcare environment. We recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs, and are training our staff in culturally and clinically-competent care for LGBT Veterans. We are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible.

The VA Hudson Valley embraces the national policies that guarantee access for LGBT Veterans. These policies (and more) are available to download from this website. We encourage LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of these rights as you seek care at the VA Hudson Valley.

LBGT Equality Care Team

The mission of the LGBT Equality Care Team is to provide guidance for policy, procedural guidelines and responsibilities assisting in efforts for advancement of cultural competence, improved communications and the provision of equitable and valued patient-centered care to a diverse patient population. Particular areas of emphasis will be the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Community patient populations within the VA Hudson Valley HCS.

The Equality Care Team hosts an annual Transgender Awareness Month event in November, an LGBT Health Awareness event in March and Pride event in June. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Co-chairs Anna M. Cognetto at 914-737-4400 x3422 or Patricia Armstrong at x7821.

In addition, we have an LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator: Maryann Elberth. She can be reached at 914-737-4400 x 2109.

The VA Hudson Valley is accredited by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization and accredited by HEI.

Below are relevant policies and services:

VA Takes Pride in Serving LGBT Veterans Non-Discrimination

Our Patient Non-Discrimination Policy has specific language that prohibits discrimination basedon sexual orientation or gender identity (actual and perceived).

VA Hudson Valley Definition of "Family"

The VA Hudson Valley adopts the definition of "family" put forth by the HumanRights Campaign's National Healthcare Equality Index. "Family" refers to any person(s) who plays a significant role in an individual's life. This may include individual(s) not legally related to the individual. Members of "family" include spouses, domestic partners, and both different-sex and same-sex significant others.

Advanced Directives

Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you 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 Veteran and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.

Let's Talk.  Sexual orientation and gender identity matter in health care. Documentation in Medical Records

The VA Hudson Valley maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation and sexual behavior, as it does with all other private health information. We encourage you to inform your Healthcare provider of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.

Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record

Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS, please let your health care provider know so they can obtain a copy for you.

LGBTQ Veterans Resources LGBT Health Resources* National Resources for Transgender Veterans* LGBT Health Resources*

* Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites. The links will open in a new window.

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
    2094 Albany Post Road
    Montrose, NY 10548

Contact Number(s)

  • 914-737-4400 Ext. 3422

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm