Big things are happening out east in the world of healthcare for the LBGTQ+ community.
When the Edie Windsor Healthcare Center (EWHC), formerly known as the David E. Rogers, M.D. Center (in Southampton), officially reopens on June 11, it will not only have a new location (Hampton Bays), it will have an expanded facility and purpose – to serve as Long Island’s first comprehensive LGBTQ+ Health Center.
That means that in addition to continuing to provide support and health and care management to people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV testing through The Rose Walton Services — a cornerstone of the facility since it opened in 1994 — the Center will now include primary care services and expanded mental health services for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I’m very excited about it.” says Judith Kasen-Windsor, widow of the late Edie Windsor, a Southampton resident and LGBTQ+ trailblazer who successfully paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States. Windsor died suddenly in 2017 but her legacy lives on.
“When they (Stony Brook Southampton Hospital) came to me to ask if they could rename the David Rogers Center, the HIV center for the last 20-25 years, to the Edie Windsor Healthcare Center, I was thrilled,” says Kasen-Windsor. “It’s important to have things dedicated and named after women. But in renaming it I wanted to expand the services to LGBTQ youth, elders, women, the transgender community and particularly expand the mental health services — I want all of Long Island to know these resources are there for them — if a kid is struggling in coming out, there’s a professional there to help them through that process.”