Froedtert & MCW opening health clinic for LGBTQ patients

Scheduled to open next month

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network plans to open a new health clinic at its Wauwatosa academic medical center campus that will offer comprehensive primary and preventative care to the LGBTQ community.

Froedert Hospital.

The clinic, which will be located in existing space on the Froedtert Hospital campus, is scheduled to open in July.

The health network said the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic will be the first in the state to offer an outpatient program tailored to the full range of health care needs of the LGBTQ community. The clinic will be staffed by MCW physicians, as well as advanced practice and registered nurses who have experience caring for LGBTQ patients, Froedtert & MCW said.

“The Inclusion Health Clinic demonstrates our deep belief that everyone deserves care that is culturally responsive, respectful and equitable,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health. “For us, diversity and inclusion is a commitment to not only do what is right in terms of health care delivery for our patients, but also a commitment to the future as we work to transform health care and connect all communities to the best of academic medicine.”

Jacobson said the health network’s decision to establish the clinic was based on research studies indicating that culturally-competent care can encourage members of the LGBTQ population to seek medical treatment, which helps address health disparities.

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network plans to open a new health clinic at its Wauwatosa academic medical center campus that will offer comprehensive primary and preventative care to the LGBTQ community.

Froedert Hospital.

The clinic, which will be located in existing space on the Froedtert Hospital campus, is scheduled to open in July.

The health network said the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic will be the first in the state to offer an outpatient program tailored to the full range of health care needs of the LGBTQ community. The clinic will be staffed by MCW physicians, as well as advanced practice and registered nurses who have experience caring for LGBTQ patients, Froedtert & MCW said.

“The Inclusion Health Clinic demonstrates our deep belief that everyone deserves care that is culturally responsive, respectful and equitable,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health. “For us, diversity and inclusion is a commitment to not only do what is right in terms of health care delivery for our patients, but also a commitment to the future as we work to transform health care and connect all communities to the best of academic medicine.”

Jacobson said the health network’s decision to establish the clinic was based on research studies indicating that culturally-competent care can encourage members of the LGBTQ population to seek medical treatment, which helps address health disparities.

Comments

  1. Karen Gotzler says:

    A much-needed and welcome resource for the LGBTQ communities in the area! Thank you, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin.

  2. Mark P Behar says:

    It’s been a long time coming! Milwaukee area Gay & Lesbian health care providers have been asking about and wanting such a facility since the 1980s when “gay” was mischaracterized as “hiv/aids infected” and mainstream health care providers ran away from offering such care because of paranoid delusions of scaring away their straight patients.

    Hopefully the Froedtert clinic will be run by family medicine, rather than infectious disease providers, and that their medical staff will have proper training by Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA.org) standards, and that will also include PAs as well as nurse practitioners and family medicine faculty and residents. (I mention PAs in particular because they have had a professional medical caucus for over 35 years, and are exquisitely well informed about Q-health! https://lbgtpa.wildapricot.org/%5D

    Now, because of health insurance requirements that effectively relegate Froedtert health care services to 2nd or 3rd tier for many patients with the “wrong” insurance or T-19, the pressure should be on for Ascension (Wheaton Franciscan St. Joes & St. Francis and Columbia St. Marys) and Aurora (Sinai, St. Lukes, West Allis Memorial), Children’s (there aren’t any LGBTQ kids out there, are there?) and God-forbid ProHealth (Waukesha Memorial) in Waukesha (there are “those” people in that area who have been REFUSED services by professional staff because of their gender identity!!).

    So much needs to be done to heal our community on so many levels, but thankfully Froedtert’s clinic will represent one new step in progression of health care to help our area reduce the disparity of health care in our greater Milwaukee LGBTQ community.

    –Mark P. Behar, PA-C
    mpbehar@wisc.edu