Pullman hospital to allow gender surgery

From the Hippocratic Oath — which the medical community takes with fingers crossed today. 

NewImageInto whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free.

Snip here. Snip there. No harm done. No bodies harmed. 

From the Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Pullman Regional Hospital officially committed to offering gender reassignment surgeries to its patients Wednesday evening in a unanimous vote by the hospital’s board of commissioners.

Despite the affirmative vote, when the hospital will actually offer the service to its patients remains unclear.

Hospital CEO Scott Adams told the Daily News a surgeon has yet to apply for privileges to conduct the surgery.

The hospital began accepting public input on whether it should offer the service over the summer, after one of its surgeons, Dr. Geoff Stiller, decided to expand his training to include below-the-waist gender reassignment surgeries.

Stiller performed two such surgeries over the summer under the supervision of other trained doctors. He currently remains in training, Adams said.

In a report to the board, hospital staff issued a recommendation for the hospital to both offer the surgery and to support an integrated approach for caring for people with gender dysphoria.

“We have gained understanding about some of the challenges of people with gender dysphoria receiving care, the many gaps in services available, and the polarizing nature of these issues,” the report reads.

The hospital anticipates receiving revenue of $864,000 per year from the service, assuming an average of two patients get the surgery every month, according to the report.

The hospital has the capacity in its operating and inpatient rooms to perform two surgeries per week if necessary.