May 31, 2019 Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Celebrates National LGBTQ Pride Awareness Month

NBI LGBTQ Flag Raising 2019

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC) employees join with LGBTQ community leaders, members of the NBIMC Business Resource Group P.R.I.D.E and the hospital’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN (far right) to celebrate national PRIDE month.


(NEWARK, NJ) May 31, 2019 – On Friday, May 31 Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, raised the flag in celebration and recognition of National LGBTQ Pride Awareness Month. The annual flag raising event was hosted by Newark Beth Israel’s Business Resource Group, P.R.I.D.E (Providing, Respect, Inclusion, Dignity and Empowerment) and included special guests, Stephen Peters Blazejewski, VP of Membership, LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce; Elaine Helms, Founder and Executive Director, RAIN Foundation; and Beatrice Simpkins, Board Member, Newark LGBTQ Community Center and Program Director, St. Clare’s Homes.

NBI LBGTQ Flag Raising 2019

In recognition of national Pride Month, 10 flags representing different segments of the LGBTQ+ community will be on display in the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center administration lobby throughout the month of June including the following flags: Transgender Pride, Philadelphia People of Color, Gender Fluid Pride, Intersex Pride, Coexist, Ally, Pansexual Pride, Nonbinary Pride, Equality Pride, and Bisexual Pride.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential for the health of its patients, employees, and surrounding community.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top ten heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community.