Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans
All Veterans are welcome here.
An estimated one million Veterans identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT), including more than 26,000 in Illinois. In addition, more than 36,000 gay men and lesbians are on active duty, and likely up to 87,000 men and women in the service are gay or lesbian, including the National Guard or Reserves.
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is committed to providing top-quality care to all Veterans, including LGBT and questioning Veterans, and we deliver culturally competent, patient-centered care to all who come to Hines or our community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).
In 2013, our facility was recognized as a leader in LGBT Health Care Equality by the Humans Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Not only does Hines meet the core four criteria established by the HRC for leadership status, we also were recognized as having two “best practices” for LGBT health care, including the brochure: Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Veterans.
The core four criteria for leadership status include a patient non-discrimination policy the includes sexual orientation and gender identity; an equal visitation policy that allows any person the patient chooses, including same-sex partners to be present during a patient’s stay; an employment non-discrimination policy; and training in LGBT patient-centered care.
An advanced directive is a document to designate a decision-maker for care in case you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Any person you choose, including a same-sex partner, can be your Advance Directive Agent. Inform staff of who you would like to assign as yours. Contact your social worker for assistance with completing an advance directive.
Documentation in Medical Records
Information about sexual orientation and sexual activity is confidential within your health care team, just like your other health information. We encourage all Veterans to inform their health care team of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual activity so we can provide the most appropriate care. This includes confidential testing for sexual transmitted infections, mental health care, and appropriate screenings.
Your name in your medical record reflects your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in your medical record, please ask your Healthcare provider for a copy.
Concerns and/or Complaints
If you feel you are not being provided with compassionate care at the Hines or the CBOCs, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your provider and/or a Patient Advocate.
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LGBT Veteran Resources
- American Veterans for Equal Rights
- OUTServe/Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
- Knights Out (LGBT West Point Alumni)
- USNA OUT (UC Naval Academy Alumni)
- Blue Alliance (LGBT Alumni US Air Force)
- The American Military Partner Association
- Service Women’s Action Network
- The Gay Military Signal
LGBT Health Resources
- CDC LGBT Health Page
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts for Lesbian and Bisexual Women
- National Association for Mental Health GLBT Resources
- 10 Things Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender Persons Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
Lorry Luscri, MPH, RD
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
- 708-202-8387 Ext. 21228
Hours of Operation
- 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.