RWJUH in Somerville will feature primary care services for LGBTs

RWJ University Hospital Somerset in Somerville
RWJ University Hospital Somerset in Somerville

The Somerset campus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will become the first in New Jersey to offer primary care services specifically tailored to the LGBT community. The unit, which will be called PROUD (Promotion Research, Outreach, Understanding and Dignity) Family Health, opened last week.

Services offered will include primary medical care for children and adults, hormone therapy, HIV care, counseling and support groups as well as referrals for specialties including behavioral healthy.

“We recognized that the health care needs of the LGBTQIA community were not being met and in many cases, LGBTQIA individuals were traveling outside of New Jersey for their medical care,” said Michael Antoniades, president and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “PROUD Family Health will offer them the care they need close to home.”

While Robert Wood Johnson is the first hospital in the state to offer such services, Rutgers University opened a LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center for students and patients and Dr. Howard Grossman specifically assists the LGBT community at his practice in Millburn.

J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.