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Retired pediatrician brings hope and help to those in transition

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Dr. Barry Frank's donation made the Gender and Sexual Health Care Clinic possible.
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Retired pediatrician brings hope and help to those in transition
“I think it's great that we live in an era where more and more people can be accepted for who they are."
Dr. Barry Frank

While Dr. Barry Frank has been retired from his pediatric practice for six years, he is still caring for the community.

The doctor has donated nearly $60,000 to Northern Nevada HOPES over the last several years, supporting the organization’s comprehensive medical, behavioral and wellness support service. His recent $40,000 donation has helped fund a new Gender and Sexual Health Care Clinic at the community health center.

“I think it's great that we live in an era where more and more people can be accepted for who they are,” Frank said. “And I'm glad that HOPES is here to provide care for everyone, especially marginalized people.”

The new HOPES clinic expands on the gender-affirming care HOPES has always offered to individuals who identify as transgender.

“The funds will be used to meet our transgender patients where they are by providing them the resources they need most, wherever they are at in their journey,” said HOPES Director of Philanthropy Mandi Fleiner. “This fund will allow us to customize our care for each patient depending on what they need, whether that’s assistance with a surgery, help with legal documents, hormone replacement therapy or something else.”

The need in our community for these services is growing and in 2019 alone, HOPES served 350 trans-identifying patients. The clinic Frank helped fund opened its doors in September of 2020, expanding trans care services and helping remove barriers to access.

“HOPES is such a service to the community,” says Frank. “I just wanted to be part of that, contribute and support it in a way that can be of the most help.”

In addition to funding the new clinic, Frank’s recent contributions will also purchase fruit trees for HOPES first housing project —Hope Springs — Northern Nevada’s first bridge-housing community, opening in early 2021.

In addition to ensuring the health and wellness of Northern Nevadans in his retirement, Frank enjoys skiing and playing with his dog Coco.

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