Lt. Governor Anthony  Brown joins staff from Chase Brexton Health Services as they break ground on a new building

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joins staff from Chase Brexton Health Services as they break ground on a new building (October 5, 2012)

Chase Brexton Health Services began renovations this week on a new location in Mt. Vernon that will allow it to see four times as many medical patients.

The community health center is moving next year a few blocks from its current building to the historic Monumental Life Building on Charles Street.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot joined Chase Brexton staff Thursday to celebrate the beginning of renovations.

The expansion into the 95,000-square-foot building will allow the 35-year-old organization to offer more services, including dental care to two times as many patients and behavioral health care to four times as many patients.

Chase Brexton was founded in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood in 1978 as a volunteer-run gay men’s health clinic. It now provides health care to more than 24,000 Marylanders.