Posted on January 22, 2024

Milford Regional Medical Center Warns It May Deny Care to Those Using ‘Unwelcome Words’ about Race, Gender

Alexander Hall, Fox News, January 19, 2024

Milford Regional Medical Center’s announcement about rules for its “inclusive environment” caused a recent stir with a warning to potential patients that they must follow a specific code of conduct to access their services.

Dr. Peter Smulowitz, chief medical officer at the Massachusetts medical center, had released a now-unlisted video on the hospital’s official YouTube channel Jan. 3 explaining how not just staff, but patients themselves, are held accountable for causing offense, ranging from rhetoric to a hostile tone of voice.

“Everyone should expect a safe, caring and inclusive environment in all our spaces,” Smulowitz said. {snip}

He specified that some examples of unacceptable conduct would be “offensive comments about others’ ace, ethnicity, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other personal traits; refusal to see a clinician or other staff member based on these personal traits; aggressive or intimidating behavior, physical or verbal threats and assaults; sexual or vulgar words or actions; and disrupting another patient’s care or experience.”