Geisinger values and embraces the wealth of diversity reflected in our patients, their families, our employees and the communities we serve. We know that seeking medical care can be stressful, and it can be even more so when magnified by fear of discrimination or being misunderstood. Geisinger is committed to caring with compassion and cultural competence for all our patients and it is our policy to not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, handicap or veteran status.
Geisinger Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) reflect Geisinger's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Each ERG is formed around a common/shared identity, but is open to all employees. ERGs offer employees a forum to promote cultural and community awareness, and create additional connections throughout Geisinger and can help in career development. For more information on ERGs contact the Diversity & Inclusion office at email@example.com.
LGBTQ specific information
Our office is here for you
Our Diversity and Inclusion Department, with on-site offices in Danville and South Wilkes-Barre, is here to advocate for our LGBTQ patients and employees. We have dedicated staff who are able to assist LGBTQ patients with navigating the health system. Call 570-214-5162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide comments, concerns or compliments.
Our staff can also connect you with LGBTQ knowledgeable and friendly providers. For additional information, please call 570-214-5162 or email email@example.com.
In concert with our D&I Department, Geisinger has established a Transgender Patient Ombudsman to advocate for our transgender patients and help with navigating the system, including referrals to knowledgeable providers, assistance with your electronic health record, and assistance with any billing issues that may arise. Call 570-214-5162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to speak with our Transgender Patient Ombudsman.
Geisinger is offering LGBTQ cultural competency training to all physicians and staff. In addition to Safe Zone trainings and Unconscious Bias trainings, training resources developed and provided by Human Rights Commission are available to all staff. Additionally, Geisinger is working to include LGBTQ representation on all of our Patient and Family Advisory Councils.
Geisinger is also reaching out to LGBTQ organizations in our communities, including PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). If your organization is interested in collaborating with us, reach out to the Diversity and Inclusion Department.
Tips for LGBTQ patients:
- Helpful terms
- Good provider checklist
- Coming out to your healthcare provider
- Tips to finding and being open with healthcare providers
- Improving your healthcare
- 10 tips for transgender patients
- Gender dysphoria fact sheet
- Tips for family members of LGBTQ individuals
- You can help end homophobia and transphobia
LGBTQ specific services
Our staff can also connect patients and family members with LGBTQ knowledgeable and friendly providers. For additional information, call 570-214-5162 for email email@example.com.
- HIV/STD/STI testing and counseling
- LGBTQ affirming mental health services
- LGBTQ focused alcohol and substance use treatment
- Hormone therapy for adults and youth