Hartford HealthCare launches center for transgender adults

Hartford HealthCare announced on Tuesday it has launched its Center for Gender Health, a health practice geared toward creating a supportive environment for transgender adults.

The practice is staffed by “experts in endocrinology, urology, gynecology, plastic surgery, primary care and behavioral health,” the website states.


The center, under the direction of psychologists Laura Saunders and Derek Fenwick, offers chest and facial reconstruction, hormone therapy, voice therapy/surgery, individual and group psychological counseling and other services vital to gender transition and care.

“The Center for Gender Health recognizes that each patient’s journey is unique and is determined to provide the best emotional support and medical care one needs as they seek gender affirmation,” the news release states.


The address at 132 Jefferson St., inside the Community Health Center. Appointments can be scheduled as early as September. The center’s team members also offer some services in Farmington, Glastonbury, Torrington and Mansfield.

The announcement of the center’s opening comes a month after members of the center’s medical team and members of the transgender community conducted an inaugural conference, “Building Gender Literacy: Gender Affirmative Care Across the Lifespan,” to teach other Hartford-area doctors practices to help transgender patients.

A handful of gender care clinics operate in Connecticut, including at the state’s major hospitals and at Anchor Health.

The center’s website is

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