Cleveland, OH,
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December
2019
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10:12 AM
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MetroHealth Opens KIDz Pride Clinic at Second Location in Middleburg Heights

The MetroHealth System has opened a KIDz Pride Clinic in a second location in Middleburg Heights to make gender-related medical and mental health services more accessible to youth and their families.

KIDz Pride is an affirming, supportive program staffed by physicians and psychologists who are experts in caring for gender diverse and transgender youth of all ages. It includes specialists in pediatrics, endocrinology and behavioral health.

Established in 2008 at MetroHealth’s Main Campus, the KIDz Pride Clinic was one of the first programs in the United States to provide care for transgender youth. The Middleburg Heights Clinic opened in November.

“This clinic will allow us to more easily serve more youth and their families,” said Dr. Terry Stancin, Director of MetroHealth’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Division. “Our KIDz Pride program is an affirming, supportive program that pairs medical and behavioral health care to provide the best outcome for our patients.”

KIDz Pride clinicians follow the latest medical guidelines for those seeking gender-related services. It begins with an appointment in which parents and the child or teen meet with a therapist to discuss the child or teen’s developmental history, gender identification, and goals for services. If interested, the family then can schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in human growth, development and hormones to determine whether medical treatments may be helpful to affirm the child’s gender.

KIDz Pride behavioral health providers are available during medical appointments and other times to provide support for gender or co-occurring mental health concerns. Middle school and high school group therapy options are also available.

The Middleburg Heights Kidz Pride Clinic providers are Kathryn Mancini, PhD and Ajuah Davis, MD.

To schedule a new patient appointment in the KIDz Pride Clinic at either the MetroHealth Main Campus or Middleburg Heights locations, call 216-778-8564 or 216-778-3745.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.