At Prisma Health-Upstate, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for all patients regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In 2015, the Prisma Health LGBT Patient Care Collaborative was established.
This collaborative consists of physicians and other health care providers from various clinical specialties who are committed to providing safe and affirming health care that is responsive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and their families.
Learn more about our collaborative care model and the providers who are meeting the needs of our community.
The LGBT Patient Care Collaborative involves two components:
The LGBT patient-centered medical home resides in the Center for Family Medicine and is designed to be a place for members of the LGBT community to receive compassionate and culturally responsive primary care that is tailored to their individual needs. The collaborative, led Molly Benedum, MD, has three priority areas:
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 LGBT 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) can receive this therapy in the primary care setting within Prisma Health LGBT patient-centered medical home.
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.
Since 2012, Prisma Health has been named a National Leader in Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBT patients, visitors and employees.
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 455-DOCS 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.
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 455-DOCS 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.