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At St. Mary's Medical Center we embrace our diverse community and celebrate our differences.
St. Mary's Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1856 with the mission to serve and better the health of the citizens of San Francisco. St. Mary's Medical Center is a Catholic Hospital that follows the Ethical and Religious Directives, and remains committed to serving each member of our community. With our history rooted in kindness, we aim to deliver compassionate, high quality, affordable healthcare to all members of our community, with a special calling to the poor.
It is the policy of Dignity Health and St. Mary's Medical Center not to:
We uphold this policy whether carried out by Dignity Health directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom Dignity Health arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
At Dignity Health, all patients should expect to be treated with courtesy and respect and receive the highest level of care. We support the health of all patients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
We understand the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community, and we work hard to ensure that patients receive quality, inclusive, culturally competent care.
St. Mary's Medical Center is a patient and family-centered care facility that respects patients’ rights to visitation.
The hospital is committed to encouraging and supporting the presence and participation of family members and others who play a significant role in the physical care and emotional support of patients. St. Mary's shall not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or disability. Visitors shall enjoy full and equal privileges which are consistent with patient preferences.
Patients (or representatives) are informed of their visitation rights upon admission or registration. Patients (or representatives) are informed of their right, subject to his or her consent, to receive the visitors whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic partners, partners in civil union and both different-sex and same-sex significant others, a minor patient’s parents, regardless of the gender of either parent, another family member, or a friend, and his or her right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time.
The Human Rights Campaign:
WPATH – The World Professional Association of Transgender Health provides education on advancements in care for transgender patients. www.wpath.org
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute: Learn more about the Gender Institute, with links to resources: Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute
HIV Resources: Learn more about HIV through the Centers for Disease Control: HIV