Nineteen Northwell Health hospitals — 22 facilities in all  – have been designated as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Healthcare Equality Index, according to a press announcement this week.

The Index is a national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities by examining patient, visitation and employment policies to measure inclusiveness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community at large, according to Northwell Health.

This was the 11th annual survey. About 1,600 facilities nationwide that either actively participated or were independently researched by the Healthcare Equality Index.

“Northwell Health continues to take great pride in its commitment to provide culturally sensitive, respectful and humanistic care to our diverse communities,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, chief diversity and inclusion officer and senior vice president of the health system’s Center for Equity of Care.

“This has been substantiated by our participation and recognition in the HRC Healthcare Equality Index for 2018,” she continued. “We strive to break down barriers and offer individualized, compassionate health care to each and every person inclusive of members of our community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

“It is a great privilege – and a great responsibility – as we continue our call to action to re-ignite humanism in health care.”

Below are the 19 hospitals recognized:

Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, LIJ Forest Hills, LIJ Valley Stream, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, Plainview Hospital, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, Staten Island University Hospital (North and South campuses), Syosset Hospital, Zucker Hillside Hospital in New Hyde Park. In addition, the Center for Transgender Care in Great Neck, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset and Lenox Health Greenwich Village each earned the designation.