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New Jefferson Health LGBTQ-supporting practice to open after new year

New practice, geared towards LGBTQ-plus populations, to find a home on Tanner Street after new year.

A new medical facility, Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care (A LGBTQ+ Affirming Practice), will begin seeing patients on Jan. 4. Easily accessible by both car and public transportation, this practice will provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ patients to seek inclusive, multidisciplinary care.

While focused on caring for LGBTQ patients, this new medical practice is open to all adult members of the community needing medical care. Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care, located at 80 Tanner Street, will offer services in infectious diseases care, HIV, behavioral health and primary care.

“We will also provide hormone replacement therapy, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention upon opening. In the future, gynecology services and breast surgery will be available as well,” said Amanda Kimmel, VP of Ambulatory Operations at Jefferson Medical Group.

Additionally, all staff and providers at the practice will be trained and proficient in LBGTQ+ culturally competent care, Kimmel said.

“Our goal is to foster a safe, positive space where the unique and specific health needs of the local LGBTQ+ community are met with compassion and expertise,” Kimmel added.

“Despite existing federal protections, the LGBTQ+ community continues to face significant healthcare discrimination – which often leads to a delay in seeking both preventive care and care for urgent or life-threatening conditions.”

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience issues related to mental health and substance use disorder, as well as several chronic conditions, diseases and infections.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I’ve always found it challenging to find competent healthcare. Our patients won’t have to worry about stigma and will know that every provider is trained to provide optimal care for them specifically,” said Medical Director Dr. Todd Levin, an infectious diseases specialist.

“Here, patients will feel accepted. And we can address issues that some providers are not comfortable talking about or treating, like prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention or giving the proper health screenings to transgender patients.”

Jefferson Health Haddonfield Primary & Specialty Care is not only providing training for culturally competent care, but has also worked to hire staff and providers who represent the LGBTQ+ community. Please call (844) 542-2273 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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