April 6th was Nate Sweeney’s final day as head of the LGBT Health Resource Center (LHRC) at Chase Brexton Health Care. This followed almost four years of work, building many of the center’s innovative programs from the ground up.
“When I joined Chase Brexton in September 2014,” said Sweeney, “the LGBT Health Resource Center was a series of plans and possibilities on paper.” Thanks to dedicated staff, he continued, “we’re a vibrant department making a real difference for the communities we’re honored to serve.”
One of the center’s first major programs, SAGE Caring and Preparing (SAGECAP), a partnership with the advocacy organization SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment) to meet the needs of LGBT older adults. This work has led to “Elder Pride” becoming a part of the June celebration, and May 16th, National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day, has grown from a Baltimore idea to a nationwide movement.
Another hallmark of Sweeney’s tenure was the establishment of the Gender Joy program for transgender and gender non-conforming youth, one of the first of its kind. Working with the renowned Dr. Elyse Pine, the program has now served over 1,000 gender diverse children and adolescents and their families.
Under Sweeney’s tenure, the centerenter formed a variety of support groups for LGBT individuals and formed partnerships with Baltimore’s other LGBT organizations. Since opening in October 2015, the LGBT Health Resource Center has trained more than 3,500 medical and social service providers on best practices for meeting the needs of LGBT individuals.
“Filling the role Nate has created will be difficult,” said Patrick Mutch, Chase Brexton CEO. “He is a dynamic leader who has been instrumental in building a vital center that fills a great need for our patients and our communities. We are saddened to see him leave but are grateful for the work he has done.”
“It has been an honor and a thrill to be part of the launch and growth of Chase Brexton’s LGBT Health Resource Center. In knowing the incredible team here, I expect that the center will continue to expand, continue to work for the health and wellness of our communities, and keep innovating for improvement. Chase Brexton has such an incredible and rich history, and as it reaches the incredible milestone of turning 40, I am so glad to have played a small part in the overall story of this organization.”
Sweeney’s last day at Chase Brexton was April 6th, after which he assumed a managerial position at an elder care facility in Rochester, New York.