AbsoluteCARE absorbs Pride Medical to serve gay, HIV-positive clients

AbsoluteCARE will now serve Atlanta’s gay community and those living with HIV. The medical center is stepping in to absorb Pride Medical, which recently closed after serving Atlanta’s gay community for over twenty years.

The team at AbsoluteCARE believes only the name will be missed as they’re committed to a seamless transition that will include providing the best service to former Pride Medical clients.

Dr. Amy Swartz and Terry Hackworth, FP, along with about six full-time staff members, will join the AbsoluteCARE team led by Medical Director Dr. Joel Rosenstock, who founded the full-service Medical Center and Pharmacy in 2000 to care for a struggling and underserved HIV population in Atlanta.

“I’ve been working in Atlanta serving this population for 26 years and I think the combination of Pride Medical with AbsoluteCARE is the most exciting thing to happen in a long time,” says Dr. Rosenstock in a statement. “Both medical centers have provided compassionate and innovative care for many years, but together they will be able to accomplish much more. The AbsoluteCARE of the future will test more clients, identify and engage many more people in care, assist with behavioral health, impact social determinants of disease, and improve the health of Atlantans for years to come.”

About the caregivers: 

Dr. Amy Swartz earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and did her residency at Emory University. She served as attending physician at Pride for the last 14 years and was a senior medical associate at the Grady Infectious Disease Center for 10 years before that. She is Board Certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified in HIV care by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She’s a member of the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the Medical Association of Georgia.

Terry Hackworth is an adult nurse practitioner. He diagnoses and helps patients manage acute and chronic illness, working both independently and collaboratively with other caregivers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Morehead State University, his MBA from the University of Phoenix, and his Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he specialized in adult/gerontological care.