Vanderbilt Will Examine Gender-Affirming Procedures For Minors

After conservative political commentator Matt Walsh accused the private hospital of opening its transgender health clinic because it was profitable and criticized some of the treatments VUMC offers to minors in a series of tweets on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the medical Centre came under intense scrutiny. Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee is now requesting a probe into the clinic. Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials announced on Friday, October 7, 2022, to assess their procedures, that they are postponing gender-affirming procedures for youngsters.

The Announcement

The information was made public on Friday afternoon and contained in a letter written to a politician who had urged an end to the procedures. It happens amid growing political pressure from Tennessee’s Republican leaders, many of whom are up for reelection, who demanded an investigation into the private nonprofit hospital after videos of a doctor boasting that gender-affirming procedures are “huge money makers” surfaced on social media last month. In another video, a staff member was heard telling anyone who had a religious objection to leave.

While we carry out this review, which could take many months, we are postponing gender affirmation procedures on patients under 18, according to a letter from C. Wright Pinson, deputy CEO, and chief health system officer of VUMC.

When the GOP-controlled Legislature reconvenes in January, several of them have vowed to submit legislation that would further restrict gender-affirming procedures. Regardless of the outcome of their internal assessment, it is uncertain if VUMC would be permitted to resume gender-affirming procedures for kids.

Late on Friday night, Lee tweeted, “We should not permit verdicts that have a long-lasting, detrimental impact on children’s lives. Tennessee should stop this practice with the assistance of the General Assembly.

According to Pinson, a review was necessary due to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s most recent revision to its recommendations for transgender treatment.

Since the opening of its transgender clinic in 2018, VUMC has, on average, given five minors gender-affirming procedures annually. All got parental permission and were older than 16; no one underwent genital surgery.

According to Pinson’s analysis, “the revenues from this small number of surgeries represent an inconsequential percentage of VUMC’s net operating revenue.”

Hundreds of Tennesseans wrote to the governor’s office to support closing the VUMC transgender adolescent health clinic, according to emails made available to the media through a public records request. Some asked the governor to call a special legislative session to handle the problem. Others questioned if he could revoke the medical licenses of the clinic’s doctors.

When Lee signed the law prohibiting doctors from treating prepubescent youngsters with gender-confirming hormones, several criticized him for not taking more drastic action sooner.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)

A medical facility having several hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as clinics and facilities all around Middle Tennessee, is the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Although VUMC is a separate nonprofit corporation, it has academic ties to Vanderbilt University.

The following units comprise it:

  • Adult Hospital at Vanderbilt University
  • Children’s Hospital of Monroe Carell Jr. at Vanderbilt
  • Cancer Institute of Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital The Vanderbilt Clinic Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Biomedical Library Eskind
  • Medical Sports at Vanderbilt
  • Heart & Vascular Institute at Vanderbilt Dayani Human Performance Center
  • A subsidiary of the institution called Nashville Biosciences (often known as NashBio) was spun off in 2018.

A sizable patient population is served by VUMC’s hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and affiliations spread throughout 48 hospital locations and nine hospital systems. The Medical Center relocated 23 clinics and administrative buildings into Berry Hill’s 100 Oaks Mall in 2008, taking up 440,000 square feet (41,000 m2) of area.

The well-known teaching hospital at VUMC is renowned for its groundbreaking work in electronic medical records. Each year, its healthcare professionals treat more than 1.6 million patients, and its hospitals perform more than 35,000 procedures and treat 65,000 patients in their emergency rooms. There are 19,600 employees at the Medical Center. Research funded by the government and businesses was carried out by Vanderbilt biomedical scientists in more than 100 laboratories as of 2013.

The legal and financial separation of Vanderbilt University and VUMC took place in April 2016. The two organizations work together, and VUMC clinicians are still employed as professors at the schools of medicine and nursing at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital was established on August 1 after VUMC successfully acquired Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon, a two-campus institution with a license for 245 beds, from Community Health Systems subsidiaries.

Public Response

Only a small number of people defended the clinic’s offerings, some of whom said that the transgender medical care they had gotten had saved their lives.

Kathy Lewis

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