LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Bayhealth

Bayhealth works diligently to distinguish its facilities as a regional health system that consistently delivers an exceptional patient experience. The healthcare organization offers a safe place where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) patients can access individual and family-based care with respect and honesty. Our staff and physicians have been trained in LGBTQ+ cultural competency and in the unique health needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

The spiritual component to your health is important to us. Bayhealth’s pastoral care service can assist you with your distinct spiritual needs.

Bayhealth’s High School Wellness Centers provide a safe and inclusive environment for patients who may identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, providing licensed mental health providers and nurse practitioners who are trained to assist in the needs of patients' emotional, physical and identity health.

If you have any questions, problems, safety concerns, or unmet needs, please contact Patient Advocacy:

Bayhealth Kent Campus Patient Advocate Department

Bayhealth Sussex Campus Patient Advocate Department

Where can I find clinicians who offer LGBTQ+ services?

Here is a list of clinicians who specialize in LGBTQ+ services.

Family Medicine
Angela Debo, DO
Brintha F. Vasagar, MD
Pavandip Virdi, MD
Bryan P. Villar, MD

Michal Bartel, MD
Muhammad Hanafi, MD
Bhavin Dave, MD

General Surgery
David J. Cloney, MD
Francisco J. Rodriguez, MD

Infectious Disease
Rafael Ruiz Gaviria, MD

Internal Medicine
Joseph M. Deutsch, MD 

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Jonathan R. Sarik, MD

Antoinette M. Ptak, MD
Wendy L. Surguy, NP-C

For more providers search the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory.

Ten Things to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider

Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider
Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider
Ten Things Bisexuals Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider
Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss with their Health Care Providers



AIDS Delaware
La Red Health Center
Delaware HIV/AIDS Information Hotline: 800-422-0429
National CDC AIDS Hotline: 800-342-2437

Mental Health Services

La Red Health Center
Fellowship Health Resources Delaware

Transgender Health Services

The Mazzoni Center
Nemours/A.I duPont Hospital for Children
Chase Brexton
Whitman-Walker Health
GLMA Resources

Community Support

CAMP Rehoboth
An LGBTQ+ community that provides free short term mental and sexual health, support groups, support and referral center.

Delaware Pride
Promotes platforms for expressing diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTA community.

PFLAG Rehoboth
Meetings provides the opportunity to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is respectful of human diversity. 

Rehoboth TransLiance
A social group for all transgender people, cross dressers, bi-gender, transsexuals, their partners, family, allies and friends to network, learn, grow, and come together socially in safe, trans friendly venues.

Healthcare Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is the educational arm of the country’s LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. The HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBTQ+ Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. Bayhealth meets non-discrimination training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality healthcare and respect they deserve.

The staff at Bayhealth is driven to earn designation every year and continue to work hard to evolve with the dynamic needs of our LGBTQ+ patients. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and your healthcare needs are not being met, we are here for you.

Visit for more information about HEI.


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