A memorandum issued by President Obama last month requested new regulations be placed by hospitals concerning patients and visitors, regardless of sexual orientation.
Since 2007, Virginia hospitals have been required to allow patients to make the decision as to who visits them, provided it conforms to common rules, such as visitation hours and number of visitors.
As further explained by Amanda Guyre, Marketing and Communications Director for Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the recent memorandum has no effect on Henrico Doctors’ Hospital:
“We’ve always embraced GLBT patients and their spouses and families. It is always our goal to put the patient first, no matter what their desires are; we as a hospital have a zero tolerance policy on discrimination based on gender or sexual preference. The only thing the memorandum has done for us is basically put everything on a federal level.”
Bon Secours Richmond Health System, which consists of several hospitals in the area (including St. Mary’s), did not provide a comment or a statement.
Born in Panama City, FL and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Gary Neeley is an avid traveler who now calls Richmond, VA home. He is a former professional racer for SCCA, as well as a Navy veteran who served on the USS Annapolis, a submarine based out of Groton, CT. Find Gary on Facebook and read more articles at the Examiner.