One of south Jersey's largest employers is being lauded for giving fair treatment to the LGBT community. AtlantiCare is being recognised for its policies of inclusiveness related to LGBT employees and patients.

According to a press release, this isn't the first time AtlantiCare has received good grades for providing equal rights to everyone.

"For the fifth year in a row, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, has recognized AtlantiCare as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.” The HRC is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

“Through AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, our employee resource groups – including our PRIDE ERG – help us enhance the care we provide all communities,” said Nilda Mahrer, manager, HR programs.

“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, president of the HRC.

“LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates AtlantiCare for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”