Akron Children’s Hospital announced on Monday that it is now offering care tailored for young transgender and LGBTQ+ patients.
According to a statement from the hospital, the Center for Gender Affirming Medicine will offer care and a variety of services as part of the hospital's Adolescent Medicine department.
A multidisciplinary team that includes gender-affirming medical providers, as well as a social worker, nurse coordinator, mental health therapist, and endocrinologist, will be available to patients age seven and older.
Center medical director Dr. Crystal Cole said the center would give Akron area adolescents and teens a closer alternative for care.
“We’ve always treated youths who identify as transgender,” Dr. Cole said. “By offering the care and support these patients need in a location close to home, we’re helping them to have a better quality of life.”
Dr. Cole said transgender youths are at higher risk of suicide and homelessness. Providing transgender patients with a supportive environment and medical care tailored to their needs is one way to help these youths during a crucial time in their physical and mental health development, she added.
Among the services provided will be the following:
Mental health care coordination
Well checks/preventative visits
Supportive care for LGBTQ+ youth and their families
Appointments are offered in Adolescent Medicine, located in the Considine Professional Building, 215 W. Bowery St. For an appointment, call 330-543-8538.