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Bath VA Medical Center

 

LGBT Patient Centered Care




Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Program

The Bath VA Medical Center provides an open, supportive and safe environment to meet the needs of LGBT Veterans and their families. Our program offers individual, family and couples therapy for LGBT Veterans. Therapy is also available for Veterans wanting to explore their sexual orientation/identity further.  The staff at the Bath VA receive annual LGBT sensitivity training, as well as a transgender mental health services training. The LGBT population can receive other treatment modalities based on their needs.

The Bath VA is accredited by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization and accredited by HEI.

LGBT Health Services

Individual, group, couples and family therapy  

Pre-and-post gender reassignment support

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Multi-disciplinary Transgender Treatment Team

Veteran care via Specialty Care Access Network - Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes
 (SCAN-ECHO)

Speech pathology

LGBT Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality health care. VA is developing policies, provider-education programs, and services to ensure high quality, patient-centered care for LGBT Veterans.

 

The Bath VA Medical Center is committed to providing top quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. We recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs, and are training our staff in culturally and clinically-competent care for LGBT Veterans. We are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible.

The Bath VA Medical Center  embraces the national policies that guarantee access for LGBT Veterans in the tri-state area. These policies (and more) are available to download from this website. We encourage LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of these rights as you seek care at Bath VA Medical Center.

Below are relevant policies and services:

Non-Discrimination

Our Patient Non-Discrimination Policy has specific language that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (actual and perceived).

Bath VA Medical Center Definition of "Family"

The Bath VA Medical Center  adopts the definition of "family" put forth by the Human Rights Campaign's National Healthcare Equality Index. "Family" refers to any person(s) who plays a significant role in an individual's life. This may include individual(s) not legally related to the individual. Members of "family" include spouses, domestic partners, and both different-sex and same-sex significant others.

Advanced Directives

Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you become unable to make these decisions yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. Advanced Directive agents are chosen by the Veteran and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.

Documentation in Medical Records

The Bath VA Medical Center  maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation and sexual behavior, as it does with all other private health information. We encourage you to inform your Healthcare provider of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.

Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record

Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS, please let your health care provider know so they can obtain a copy for you.

Concerns and/or Complaints

If you feel you are not being provided with compassionate care at the Bath VA Medical Center, we encourage you to make your concerns known to your Provider and/or a Patient Advocate.

Helpful Links for LGBT Veterans

LGBT Veteran Resources*

National Resources for Transgender Veterans*

LGBT Health Resources*

* Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked Websites. The link will open in a new window