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.
Equitable, 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+.
Skilled in LGBTQ+ Care and Committed Allies
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. Look for providers who prescribe:
Our Services Include:
What You Can Expect During Your Primary Care Visit
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.
Learning More About Who Our Patients Are Helps Valley Provide Better Care
Starting in 2023, regulatory agencies are requiring hospitals to collect more information about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI); Race, Ethnicity and Language (REaL); and disability status when admitting patients to the hospital. Collecting this information lets us better understand the needs of our diverse community members, allowing us to better care for our community like family. This information is will be part of a patient's confidential medical record and answering the questions is voluntary.
Read the FAQs about how this information is used.
See the glossary of sexual orientation and gender identity terms used at Valley.
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 2012 and continues to earn this annual recognition.
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.
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.
Looking for community and online resources for social and health-related support for LGBTQ+ folks? Use this helpful resource list