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The Pride Health Center is officially open at Jacobi Medical Center. A rainbow ribbon-cutting marked the important moment for the borough’s LGBTQ community.
“It’s a place just like any other place to make someone feel welcome, be seen, to know that, hey, we support them,” said Dr. Dina Romo, medical director.
It’s a dedicated safe space where LGBTQ, transgender and gender non-conforming patients can access health care from specially trained staff.
“They’re just like every other patient room. But again, just little signs here and there to let them know that we are here for them,” Romo said.
“We will provide full span of services that will include care of the adult, adolescent patient and include behavioral health, gynecologic and pelvic care, along with social support services for all of our patients,” said Dr. Elana Sydney, deputy chief of ambulatory care.CNN's Chris Cuomo Fired Over Involvement In Brother Andrew Cuomo's Response To Sexual Harassment Scandal
“We want them not to have to go to the emergency room to get routine care because they waited too long because they didn’t feel safe,” said CEO Christopher Mastromano.
“As a queer and non-binary person myself, I know firsthand just how difficult it can be to navigate the world every day, let alone find a health care provider that affirms my whole self,” said Priya Nair, associate director of gender equity.
Nair said the newest center will help break down health care barriers for LGBTQ people.
“In my experience, even just one provider or one health care staff who is affirming, who does listen to you, who uses the language you want them to use, can really make a huge difference,” Nair said.
They’re hoping many see and feel a difference when they walk through the Jacobi Pride Health Center’s doors.
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