Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Visitation Rights

Via Steve Rothaus:

Partners of gay and lesbian patients are now assured by Jackson Health System to have the same visiting rights as heterosexuals, according to a new Jackson policy that redefines the terms “family” and “family member.”

Recognized family members now may include people who are not legally related to the patient, including “spouses, domestic partners and both different-sex and same-sex significant others,” announced SAVE Dade, one of several gay rights groups that worked for a year with Jackson to redefine the policy.

Gay and lesbian nonbiological parents are also assured of visits when minor children are hospitalized.

Jackson developed the policy after Janice Langbehn accused a Jackson Memorial Hospital worker of not letting her visit her dying partner, Lisa Pond, in 2007.

Good for them. It’s too bad that it took death and a lawsuit to make it happen.