Chase Brexton Health Care has selected a former Catholic Charities administrator to lead its new LGBT Health Resources Center, set to open in the primary care provider's Mount Vernon headquarters this spring.
Nate Sweeney, 36, will serve as executive director of the new center in its mission to connect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with medical and behavioral health services "with culturally competent providers, support and programming for seniors, transgender counseling and more," Brexton said Monday.
"Nate brings tremendous experience and accomplishments as a medical caregiver, administrator and innovator," said Brexton CEO Richard Larison in a statement. "His expertise serving elders, his work on a national HIV behavioral surveillance study in Baltimore and his commitment to the LGBT community make him ideal to direct the resource center."
Chase Brexton was started in Baltimore as a gay health clinic by a small group of volunteers in 1978, and labored through the early HIV epidemic in the United States in the 1980s to provide care for patients rejected by other parts of the community.
It now has seven clinics throughout the region and provides primary care for adults and children, OB/GYN services, dental care, behavioral health case management and other services. Serving the LGBT community has remained a major part of its mission as well.
In addition to leading the new center, Sweeney will steer the implementation of of a new partnership between Brexton and Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) -- Caring and Preparing program in Maryland.
That partnership was made possible through a three-year, $750,000 grant to SAGE from the Owings Mills-based Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Brexton said. The grant period began last month.
Sweeney holds a master's degree in Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Erickson School, has conducted HIV research, training and trials at Johns Hopkins University and served as a caregiver for formerly homeless, HIV positive patients at the Don Miller House.
He has also worked in 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation care at The Green House Residences at Stadium Place, and most recently served as the assistant administrator at The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth for the Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
"I am thrilled to maintain and expand Chase Brexton's commitment to the LGBT community," Sweeney said in a statement. "I look forward to working with the accomplished staff and members of the community to provide new services and connections to existing resources for LGBT Marylanders of all ages."