President Obama called Janice Langbehn – the inspiration behind his hospital memo – on Thursday while attending a Democratic fundraiser in Miami, Florida, the Miami Herald reported.

Langbehn's story of being blocked by hospital officials from seeing her dying partner, Lisa Pond, moved the president to sign a directive ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to establish new rules that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians.

Obama made the call from Air Force One during his return trip to Washington, D.C.

“Of course you can guess that I am blown away that the White House was watching our story and would act on it,” Langbehn wrote to the paper. “This is Lisa's legacy right here – no one should die alone – no matter who they love.”

Both Langbehn and the couple's children were barred by Jackson Memorial Hospital from being by Pond's side as she slipped into a coma and died in 2007. Officials dismissed the couple's advanced healthcare directive.

Langbehn challenged the hospital's policy, but a federal court ruled against her last September.

Obama said he was outraged by Langbehn's story.

The president's memo prohibits hospitals that accept federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid, the government's elderly and poor health care programs, from discriminating on the basis of a variety of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity, and requires hospitals to honor patients' wishes of who can make medical decisions on their behalf.

Gay rights groups called the memo a small but significant contribution towards equality in the absence of the legal right to marry in most jurisdictions.

Last week, Jackson Memorial announced it was changing its long-standing policy that banned gay partners from visiting their loved ones.