Baras’ new role finds her serving as representative and liaison for RWJUH’s LGBT patients and employees as well as working with the hospital and its leaders to ensure the delivery of services. She will also focus on health promotion, disease prevention, innovation, education and identification of referrals from the community.
“As RWJUH and other health care organizations recognize the importance of addressing the unique health care needs of the LGBT community, there is a tremendous need to build strong, coordinated networks among providers and community-based organizations which serve as advocates for the LGBT community,” Baras said in a release.
A player in getting RWJUH’s first LGBT business resource group – PROUD (Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding and Dignity) – off the ground, Baras has a history of working with hospital leadership. At RWJUH Somerset she helped to establish the PROUD Family Health Center, the first hospital-based LGBT clinic in the state.
Baras also serves as quality nurse manager for PeriOperative Services; lead group facilitator of the PROUDLY ME education and support group; group facilitator for the PROUD Community Advisory Council; and co-chair of the PROUD Business Resource Group at RWJUH.