St. Luke’s Hospital Children’s Essence Clinic in Boise has altered the homepage of their website which details the ‘gender reassignment’ treatment offered in their practice.
The Idaho Dispatch published this story on September 7. Sometime between then and September 9, the changes were made.
The changes included removing much of the text in the section entitled “Areas of Focus” under the description of “Gender Health.” We had highlighted the text that is now gone in our previous article.
“…care for individuals whose gender identity is different from their sex at birth and who do not identify with the traditional definitions of male or female. In working with gender-diverse patients, we utilize the standards of care developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). We offer hormonal therapy, including puberty blockers, and gender-affirming therapy and emotional health assessments.”
Also removed are the photos, contact information, and biographies of the five healthcare professionals with various specialties, who participate in the treatment of minor children through the Essence Clinic. These include:
Dr. Eileen A. Baez-Irizarry, MD, a Pediatric Endocrinologist
Dr. Daniel P. Flynn, MD, a Pediatric Endocrinologist
Dr. Patrick A. Gerety, MD, a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon
Luna M. Hodges, PNP, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Endocrinology
Dr. Kara N. Saperston, MD, a Pediatric Urologist.
As of September 7, the webpage appeared this way:FireShot Capture 003 - St. Luke's Children's Essence Clinic - web.archive.org
Sometime between September 7 and September 9, 2022 the page changed and is now presented this way:
Idaho Dispatch reached out to St. Luke’s Hospital and asked for comment regarding the changes to the webpage. As of the time of this writing, no response has been received.
Photo courtesy of King5 News.
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