Middlesex Health is committed to providing equitable and inclusive care to the transgender population, 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 themselves 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, and 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 the members of the LGBTQ community. Middlesex Health is one of only four health care providers in the State of Connecticut to be recognized by the Health Equity Index as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.
What is a Transgender Services Navigator?
Our Transgender Services Navigator, Angel Roubin PsyD, LPC, has extensive experience working with members ofthe transgender community as a clinical psychologist. In addition, she has become an expert in the full range of services that Middlesex Health has to offer the transgender population. Dr. Roubin will get to know you and your unique needs. If you are in transition, she can help you navigate the myriad of decisions about hormone replacement therapy and gender transition surgery. She can help you to identify providers who are familiar with the needs of transgender patients and who have the right background to meet your clinical needs. She can also help you work through any emotional issues that come up as you navigate the health care system.
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 individuals, couples and families lead emotionally healthy lives.
Gender Transition Surgery
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.
At Middlesex Health, we are pleased to have Kathryn Tierney, M.S.N, A.P.R.N.-B.C., lead our gender-affirming hormone therapy program, in collaboration her colleagues in endocrinology and within our network of primary care physicians.
Infectious Disease Testing and Treatment
Our Infectious Disease specialists (part of the Middlesex Multispecialty Group) can provide special insight and expertise regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infections of all types including HIV and chronic Hepatitis B and C.
Middlesex Hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department provides a number of services that may be helpful to the transgender person. Hormone therapies, medications or gender transition surgery can sometimes result in problems with movement, ongoing pain or bladder issues. The Department offers several programs to help with these issues. All of our locations have private spaces for you and your therapists to work on helping you feel better and aiming for the best outcome.
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.