LGBTQ Patient Care

LGBTQ Patient Care

LGBTQ Patient Care components:

  • A patient-centered medical home for LGBTQ patients and their families.
  • A group of providers from various specialties who collaborate with the overall goal of improving the healthcare experience for LGBTQ people while decreasing healthcare disparities for these patient populations.

The LGBTQ patient-centered medical home resides in the Center for Family Medicine and is designed to be a place for members of the LGBTQ community to receive compassionate and culturally responsive primary care that is tailored to their individual needs. The LGBTQ Alliance was established in 2017 with the mission to promote equality and visibility for gender and sexual minorities at Prisma Health. The LGBTQ Alliance has three priority areas:

  • Provider clinical education
  • Staff sensitivity training
  • Development of a supportive clinical environment

For more information, contact us.

Center for Family Medicine
864-455-7800

Establish yourself as a patient with Prisma Health LGBTQ Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Learn more about the LGBTQ Alliance by contacting diversity@prismahealth.org.

Transgender Patients

According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender people report a lack of provider knowledge on transgender care and negative experiences with healthcare. Fifty percent of survey respondents reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care.

Providers in Prisma Health LGBTQ Patient Care Collaborative have received specialized training on various clinical considerations associated with transgender health care. In addition, transgender individuals seeking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may inquire about receiving treatment in a primary care setting within Prisma Health LGBTQ patient-centered medical home.

Policies

Every patient has the right to competent, considerate and respectful care in a safe setting that fosters the patient’s comfort and dignity and is free from all forms of abuse and harassment. It is the policy of Prisma Health not to engage in discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical, mental or other disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, status as a veteran, or other non-medically relevant factors.

Providers

The following list includes members of our LGBT patient care collaborative. While some are currently accepting new patients, some of them are not. Please call 844-447-3627 to get the most up to date information on which of our providers below are accepting new patients. We are always working to expand this list to serve the needs of our growing LGBT patient community.

Molly Benedum, MD
LGBT Alliance
Center for Family Medicine
877 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-7800

Joel Amidon, MD
Center for Family Medicine
877 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-7800

Priscilla Escalona, MD
Endocrinology Specialists and Thyroid Center-Laurens
22725 Highway 76 East, Suite A
Clinton, SC 29325
864-833-4545

Lisa Green, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Fertility Center of the Carolinas
890 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-4673

Benjie B. Mills, MD
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
1350 A Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29607
864-455-1600

Dianna Gurich, MD
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
1350 A Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29607
864-455-1600

Casey Hopkins, WHNP
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
1350 A Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29607
864-455-1600

Smith Heavner-Sullivan, MS, RN
Manager, iLink Care Coordination
Internal Medicine Clinic
876 W Farris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-1192

Sandra L. Weber, MD
Endocrinology Specialists & Thyroid Center
877 W. Farris Road, Suite D
Greenville, SC  29605
864-455-9031

Maximilien Rappaport, DO
Endocrinology Specialists & Thyroid Center
877 W. Farris Road, Suite D
Greenville, SC  29605
864-455-9031

Michael F. Guyton-Nunley, MD
Medical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine
1350 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29607
864-522-4888

(Provides LGBTQ care to adolescent and young adult patients up to 25 years old.)

Sarah Hinton, MD
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Center for Pediatric Medicine
20 Medical Ridge Drive
Greenville, SC 29605
864-220-7270

Center for Pediatric Medicine
807 N. Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
864-455-9263

Center for Family Medicine
877 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-7800

Pediatric Providers

The following Prisma Health clinical specialists are trained and prepared to work with pediatric LGBT patients. We use a team approach to meet the unique and specific needs of our LGBT pediatric patients. While some are currently accepting new patients, some of them are not. Please call 844-447-3627 to get the most up to date information on which of our providers below are accepting new patients. We are always working to expand this list to serve the needs of our growing LGBT patient community.

Elaine Apperson, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology
200 Patewood Drive, Suite A320
Greenville, SC 29615
864-454-5100

Sarah Hinton, MD
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Center for Pediatric Medicine
20 Medical Ridge Drive
Greenville, SC 29605
864-220-7270

Center for Pediatric Medicine
807 N. Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
864-455-9263

Center for Family Medicine
877 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
864-455-7800

Liz Ledlow, LISW-CP
Willow Tree Counseling, LLC
9 Toy Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-729-4184
info@willowtreecounselingsc.com

Michele Balderson, LISW-CP
Willow Tree Counseling, LLC
9 Toy Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-729-4184
info@willowtreecounselingsc.com

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