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MetroHealth’s Pride Network Expands Services to LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

(Cleveland) – The MetroHealth System will begin offering Pride Clinic services at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, 6705 Detroit Avenue, on November 12.

MetroHealth and the LGBT Center are teaming up to provide safe and supportive medical care to the Cleveland LGBTQ community in the heart of the Gordon Square neighborhood. Community members will be able to receive many of their health services there. MetroHealth primary care physician Douglas Van Auken, MD, will provide care on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland says, “I couldn’t be prouder that we’re opening the MetroHealth Pride Clinic here at the LGBT Center. As we enter our organization’s 45th year, I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue growing and serving the members of our community who are the most vulnerable. They’re part of our family and our network and will now gain access to the basic rights others enjoy – access to health care.”

Services include:

  • Primary Adult Care (13 years and older)
  • Hormone therapy
  • Family planning
  • Smoking cessation
  • Cholesterol control
  • Blood pressure control
  • Immunizations
  • HIV prevention (PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
  • STI testing and treatment

In 2007, the MetroHealth Pride Network opened the first LGBTQ clinic in Cleveland dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. Specially trained physicians and staff provide primary care and care that respects specific health needs — including transgender services.

“As the first health care system to provide dedicated pride clinics in Cuyahoga County, it was important to us to continue living our MetroHealth mission and partnering with the LGBT Center. We are extremely proud to now offer dedicated pride services in the heart of the LGBTQ community,” says Mark McLoney, MD, Medical Director of The MetroHealth System Pride Program.

In addition to primary care services being offered at the LGBT Center, MetroHealth’s Pride Network also offers primary care services at MetroHealth’s Brecksville, Cleveland Heights, Middleburg Heights, Rocky River and Thomas F. McCafferty locations. Specialty services also include plastic surgery, gynecology, ENT, behavioral health, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.To schedule an appointment at the LGBT Center or any of the Pride Network locations, call 216-957-4905. To learn more about MetroHealth’s Pride Network, visit metrohealth.org/pride.


About The MetroHealth System

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% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of nearly 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% 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.

About the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Founded in 1975, The Center is a leading non-profit organization that empowers Northeast Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, education, collaboration and celebration. A one-stop hub, The Center provides a safe, welcoming and visible space, health and wellness services, cultural competency training, government and media outreach, social events and a variety of programs.