Austen Crowder

Update on Ball Memorial

Filed By Austen Crowder | August 06, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: ball memorial hospital, transgender inclusion

Great news from Muncie, Indiana: it looks as if Erin Vaught and INTRAA have come to an understanding with Ball Memorial Hospital. bmh.jpgBetter yet, Ball Memorial has agreed to an "aggressive" response to the problem of transphobia. Via INTRAA:

Working in collaboration with Erin, INTRAA and IE are engaged in ongoing discussions with key leaders at Ball Memorial, a Clarian Health facility, to respond both to the specific barriers Erin and her family faced and to traditional barriers to care faced by LGBT patients.[...]

Mr. Haley and his team have already discussed making immediate changes in non-discrimination policies and practices, instituting trainings for all staff on best practices in serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, ensuring inclusion of LGBT issues in the hospital's long-term diversity plans, exploring changes to internal systems and policies that create unintentional barriers to care for LGBT patients, and identifying training for Ball Memorial physicians on medical issues specific to transition related care.

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It's time to crack down on medical transphobia

It's time to make Trans 101 part of the required curriculum for medical personnel.

We'll see, is all I'm saying. An aggressive response is the easiest thing to promise, but it doesn't mean they'll deliver.

There has to have been some law or basic care policy that was broken. Someone needs to be fired and/or have charges brought against them to send the message appropriately.

This is great news. I hope they actually take the time and effort to hire someone to do some real training, and not a quickie one hour voluntary seminar with a nonprofit that knows nothing about trans medicine issues.

Well, at least they're working with INTRAA too. If it were left up to IE alone, the issue would get quietly swept under the rug. Remember when they said they'd follow up over Taysia Elzy, but nothing ever came of it.

Chris Daley | August 7, 2010 12:33 PM

@Austen - thanks for posting the update. Your initial interview with Erin was the first I account I saw of the problems at Ball Memorial.

@Alex - having worked with dozens of health care facilities on these issues in California, Ball Memorial's position is easily the most proactive I've seen. Of course, that doesn't guarantee that they'll stick with the process, but I'm more optimistic about a good outcome here than with any institution I've ever worked with. Hopefully, you'll continue to follow the progress and, if they make good on their promises, give them the credit they're due.

@Jillian - Ball Memorial has asked for assistance in putting together an effective training based on best practices (as mentioned in the full release which you can read at: We're reaching out far and wide to find model curriculum and indentify possible consutlants/trainers.

@Bil - INTRAA has been fantastic on this issue. I know you have a long history with IE that I know nothing about. Therefore, I'll just say that on this issue they've been equally amazing. Mark's connections were vital in helping to get this dialogue moving forward and Dino is an insane workhorse committed to getting a great outcome from Erin's horrific experience. Hopefully, you too will follow the work on this, and if deserved, give credit where it's due.

P.R. B.S.

Sorry Little Ms. Sunshine, but someone needs to be genuinely held accountable for their actions in this incident. Plus, as soon as I hear about 'LGBT' trainings for a trans issue like this, it's pretty much a code word for "coverup".