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.
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.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system 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 teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.