For New York City being an epicenter of pandemic outbreak much more beds are needed to help hospitals overwhelmed by all increasing flow of new patients. Mt Sinai Hospital, one of the hotspots has recently announced that some of its new patients will be accommodated at the field hospital at Central Park. While the move undoubtedly contributes to public good, concerns were raised by the members of LGBTQ community and allies. The field hospital is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, a religious organization known for its life-long record of opposing LGBTQ people. Run by Franklin Graham, the organization has adopted strict anti-LGBTQ policies and requires all its employees to adhere to it. Not surprisingly there may exist a basis for discrimination against LGBTQ patients.
Luckily, the situation escalated to the authorities including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and mayor de Blasio.
"I'm very concerned to make sure this is done right, but if this is done right, we need all the help we can get,"
the mayor said. Mt Sinai Hospital, however issued a reassuring statement that read the hospital and Samaritan’s Purse
"unified in their mission to provide the same world-class care to anyone and everyone who needs it, no questions asked."
Moreover, Mt Sinai has strongly adhered to the principle of providing treatment solely on a medical basis. The situation is also closely monitored by the New York Attorney General. "We will remain vigilant to ensure discrimination does not occur at this — or any other — facility,” read Letitia James statement. Mayor de Blasio, however, canceled his visit to the field hospital the controversy raised. With so many officials involved there is a hope that all the patients will be treated equally.