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The Gender Institute


Gender-Affirming Care

At the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute, our goal is to deliver compassionate, high-quality, and affordable health services to transgender patients and their families. The Gender Institute is committed to providing you with a respectful and safe environment, where you can be you. From our entire hospital staff undergoing pronoun training to following the guidelines set by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, The Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute’s best-in-class surgeons and specialists are dedicated to the gender-affirming individual experience. 

Mission and History

The SFMH Gender Institute has been established to deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services to transgender patients and their families. Our program is committed to delivering excellence in the overall care for patients of all gender identities and we offer “best in class” experience in healthcare for transgender and gender diverse individuals.

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Achieves SRC’s Center of Excellence in Gender Confirmation Surgery Accreditation

Dignity Health’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has become the first hospital internationally to achieve accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Gender Confirmation Surgery by globally-recognized Surgical Review Corporation (“SRC”) -- a nonprofit patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care.

Gender Affirming Surgery and Doctors

We understand each individual has different experiences and is in a different phase of their transition. Our best-in-class surgeons are here to affirm your gender identity.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Following are community-based resources outside of SFMH that may provide support and information.

LBGTQ+ Health Care Quality Leader

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it has earned an “LGBTQ+ Health Care Quality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission to serve everyone in our community. Dignity Health’s core values – dignity, collaboration, stewardship, justice, and excellence – champion a diverse, accepting, and welcoming healing environment. At Saint Francis Memorial Hospital we embrace our diverse community and celebrate our differences. We respect human dignity in every interaction with each other and with the individuals and communities we serve.


The Saint Francis Foundation has funded the Gender Institute since its founding in 2016, providing grants for surgical equipment, physician and staff training and education, and community-based peer-to-peer navigation services for transgender and gender diverse patients and their families.