LGBTQ+ Care & Services
Healthcare and Wellness Services for All
Valley Medical Center and its Clinic Network is committed to empowering gender and sexual minorities, including individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ +) to live the healthiest lives possible. Our caregiving team provides responsive, compassionate and respectful care in a welcoming environment.
Equal, Inclusive Healthcare
To provide the highest quality care, Valley providers are committed to offering health services to patients on an equal basis, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status and other non-medically relevant factors.
Staff participate in ongoing training to understand the unique healthcare needs and concerns of individuals identifying as LGBTQ+.
A Special Interest in LGBTQ+ Care
Valley’s caregivers actively demonstrate their support for the health and wellness of people in the LGBTQ+ communities. Within their online profiles, some Valley providers indicate a special interest in serving the special needs and concerns of members of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Our Services Include:
- Primary care and preventive screenings
- Women’s health services
- Health care, including confidential sexual and reproductive services for adolescents
- Trans health care
- Sexual health screening and treatment
- Smoking cessation assistance
- Behavioral health assessments and care
- Geriatric care
- Specialty care
- Insurance counseling and payment plans
- Interpreter services (available 24/7)
What You Can Expect During Your Primary Care Visit
- Your provider will ask about your general wellbeing, your health concerns, relationships, sexual activities, needs for preventive care such as vaccinations, the need for assistance with smoking cessation or substance use issues and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- You can ask your provider about any other medical, psychological or social issues that concern you.
- You can designate a health care proxy, including a same-sex partner.
- Your services will be delivered with complete confidentiality.
- You are free to use the restroom that matches your gender identity or expression.
Respecting Visitation and Healthcare Decision-making Rights
Valley caregivers respect the visitation and healthcare decision-making rights of LGBTQ+ patients and their partners, children, and any others they may define as family for these purposes.
Striving to Improve Inclusive Care
Valley is committed to taking steps to making our healthcare and wellness services fully inclusive and respectful of people identifying as LGBTQ+ as reflected in written forms, policies and procedures, appropriate training for all clinical and administrative staff, and standardized assessments. Valley’s policies prohibit discrimination based on orientation, gender identity or expression. Valley is actively working to modify our procedures, behavior, language and physical environment to be more inclusive and helpful, including updates to our electronic medical record software, signs and communication skills. See Valley's Caregiver and Leader Commitment. If you see or experience something uncomfortable or that needs improvement at Valley Medical Center or one of our clinics, we would appreciate you letting us know by contacting us here.
Valley's Patient & Family Advisory Council is actively recruiting and accepting patients and family members to serve on the PFAC, a committee dedicated to improving Valley's patient experience. Interested in more information about serving on this council? Please apply here.
A Recognized Leader in Healthcare Equality
Valley Medical Center was the first entity in the UW Medicine system to be acknowledged as an LGBTQ Leader in Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in 2011 and continues to earn this annual recognition.
Physicians Talk About the Care Valley Provides
LGBTQ Health: Part 1
Dara Jolly, MD, obstetrician & gynecologist and faculty member of the
physician residency program at Valley Family Medicine addresses potential health issues important for LGBTQ patients;
preventive health guidelines for those who identify as lesbian, bi, or assigned
female at birth (AFAB); connecting with providers with expertise in LBGTQ
healthcare; healthcare recommendations for those transitioning female-to-male
(pre-op); and the practices Valley employs to offer a supportive environment
for LGBTQ patients. Watch video.
LGBTQ Health: Part 2
Dan Brelsford, MD, and Mickey Kander, PA-C, address common health issues for
patients in the LGBTQ community, particularly for gay and bi men. Topics
include STI testing, HIV prevention, and mental health. They also discuss the
policies and practices Valley has in place to support LGBTQ patients. Watch video.