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Equitable, inclusive, comprehensive care for transgender members of our community.
Middlesex Health is committed to providing equitable and inclusive care to individuals who are transgender, gender non-conforming, or questioning, as well as excellence in access, services, and outcomes. As a community hospital, we believe that we are in a unique position to provide nearly a full spectrum of medical care in a safe, personal, and convenient setting.
We understand the challenges that individuals who identify as transgender, or somewhere along the gender non-conforming spectrum, have in finding appropriate medical care to meet their individual needs. We have a dedicated Transgender Services Navigator who can help you connect with providers and services, including:
specially-trained primary care providers
hormone replacement therapy
gender transition surgery
Our mission at Middlesex Health to provide the safest, highest-quality health care, and the best experience possible for our community. We take that mission seriously and know that caring for our whole community means providing sensitive, compassionate, and state-of-the-art care to LGBTQ members of our community. Middlesex Health is one of only eight health care providers in the State of Connecticut to be recognized by the Health Equity Index as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.
Our Support Groups
Understanding and affirming the lives of transgender persons.
Middlesex Health offers multiple support groups for transgender members of our community and their allies. These groups are free and are facilitated by medical staff with special expertise in transgender care.
During the COVID-19, we are holding our support groups online. In order to keep the group sizes smaller for Zoom, we currently have four groups. You are welcome to join one or more of the groups that is/are the best fit for you.
Gender Discussion Group - Female/Feminine: This support group focuses on providing a safe, supportive space for transgender and questioning individuals who identify as female or feel most comfortable with others who identify as female. Learn more and see upcoming dates
Gender Discussion Group - Non-Binary: This support group focuses on providing a safe, supportive space for individuals who identify as gender non-binary or gender non-conforming. Learn more and see upcoming dates
Gender Discussion Group - Male/Masculine: This support group focuses on providing a safe, supportive space for transgender and questioning individuals who identify as male or feel most comfortable with others who identify as maleLearn more and see upcoming dates
Family/Friends/Supports Group: This group is for friends, family members, and others who support transgender, gender non-conforming, or questioning persons. Learn more and see upcoming dates
Transgender Medicine Services
Middlesex Health is proud to offer a comprehensive array of services to members of the transgender community.
Behavioral Health Services
Gender non-conforming/transgender individuals can feel a strong conflict between their gender (inner sense of who they are) and their physical sex characteristics. This conflict can sometimes manifest itself in depression, isolation and destructive behaviors. Middlesex Health’s psychiatrists and behavioral health clinicians are available and trained to help.
At Middlesex Health, we are pleased to have Katy Tierney, M.S.N, A.P.R.N.-B.C., lead our gender-affirming hormone therapy program, in collaboration with her colleagues in endocrinology and our network of primary care physicians.
Gender transition, including or not including gender confirming surgery, can bring up a wide range of concerns around bladder and bowel health, as well as sexual function and intimacy. At the Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, our urologists, gastroenterologists, OB/GYNS, and physical rehabilitation therapists work together to create customized treatment plans to meet your needs and provide compassionate, discrete, comprehensive pelvic health care.
It’s a fact that a high percentage of transgender individuals do not have a primary care physician and do not seek to establish this very important medical relationship. The reasons for this are varied, but at Middlesex Health, we have a network of specially-trained primary care physicians so that we can change this statistic. Our providers welcome the opportunity to work with you on your well-being. Our primary care offices provide a safe, welcoming environment and the physician’s relationship with you is individualized to meet your specific needs.
Our physical and occupational therapists can help with chronic pain, bladder issues, movement and much more. Additionally, our speech-language pathologists offer voice therapy, working with patients to find and achieve their most authentic voice.
Our surgical specialists in gynecology, urology, and plastic surgery bring expertise, experience and compassion to a host of feminizing and masculinizing surgical procedures for our transgender patients.
Our Infectious Disease specialists at the Middlesex Health Multispecialty Group can provide insight and expertise for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections of all types, including HIV and chronic Hepatitis B and C.