SAN ANTONIO — As the city’s hospitals closed, the Sesh Hospital for Women in downtown San Antonio became the first to open for business.
On Wednesday, the hospital’s staff and patients were greeted with hugs and kisses as they began opening up their doors for business to patients.
Staff from the hospital, which serves men and women with gender dysphoria, said they are thrilled to have their doors open and welcome the new patients and their families to the hospital.
The hospital’s operations director, Mary Ann Leach, said the women have been waiting to come in for more than a year and said they appreciate the opportunity to provide care and support for the LGBTQ community.
She said they feel welcome and appreciated.
“Our community is a beautiful, diverse community and the Shes will be a place where they can connect and be part of that community.
We’re very grateful for the support,” Leach said.
Sesh is the only S.h.
I, or hospital for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the U.S., according to the LGBT Health Network.
The city has about 1,400 beds for LGBTQ people, according to an LGBTQ Health Network count.
San Antonio was named as the nation’s first major city to have an LGBT-friendly hospital.
It opened its doors in 2014, after a partnership between the city and the San Antonio Women’s Health Foundation, which has since grown into the SASH Health System.
The Sesh Clinic is located in the old St. Mary’s Hospital building on the west side of the city, with the facility being a two-story, state-of-the-art facility that is one of the largest LGBT health care centers in the country.
The San Antonio Health Department also has opened two new facilities, one in the south and one in northern San Antonio, to expand the Sash Health System’s gender-affirming gender clinic.