Fla. hospital changes LGBT partner policies

While a court hearing on the issue was dismissed, Lambda Legal and Jackson Health System worked together to accommodate LGBT partners in hospital situations.
Lambda Legal, in collaboration with a Fla. hospital, is working to alter hospital policies toward LGBT needs. (courtesy of crlgbtlaw.com)

After a woman was denied family rights when her partner was admitted to a Fla. hospital, policies are finally changing.

Janice Langbehn filed a lawsuit when the hospital where her partner was admitted refused her family status. Although the case was dismissed, Lambda Legal and officials from Jackson Health System altered their policies to be better suited for LGBT needs.

All issues are not yet settled, though.

“Lambda Legal applauds Jackson Memorial’s work with the coalition to review and expand policies and training materials to help address the needs of same-sex couples and their families, but we urge the hospital to finish the job,” said Beth Littrell, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta, who was lead counsel on Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial. “The hospital should issue an official apology to the Langbehn-Pond family and JHS should have a grievance procedure in the case of visitation denial that can be acted on quickly in an emergency situation.”

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