Petition Pullman Regional Hospital to Offer Gender Confirmation Surgery
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The Board of Directors is accepting public comment regarding the performance of gender confirmation ("reassignment") surgery at Pullman Regional Hospital from June 12 to July 3, 2017. Learn more here.
Signers of this petition convey two important messages:
1. We strongly encourage Pullman Regional Hospital to offer gender confirmation surgery if the doctor, staff, and facility are equipped and available to do so. To offer such a surgery affirms Pullman Regional Hospital's commitment to serving a diverse and ever changing population of patients in the region as well as supports a doctor simply attempting to advance his training and expand medical offerings to the community; and
2. We strongly disagree with the need for a public call for comments on something as private and confidential as the medical needs of Pullman Regional Hospital's patients. While internal and external political pressures may have forced the Hospital to consider it prudent to collect public comments, the availability of medical procedures for an individual or group of people should never be open for public discussion. Instead, the Board should have had the courtesy, thought, courage, and care to evaluate this objectively. Liaisons to impacted communities and medical and other interdisciplinary experts and studies could have also helped make this decision without fueling tensions in the region.
We, the undersigned, hope Pullman Regional Hospital's decision to cancel an open meeting on the topic reflects both a support for offering this surgery as well as a realization that the open call for comments initiative was not in the best interest of patients and the community.
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