Curtis D. Robinson, Saint Francis Board Member, Presented Honorary Membership Award

(Hartford, Conn. July 1, 2015) –Curtis D. Robinson, a founding donor of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis has been honored with a Honorary Membership Award from the Connecticut Hospital Association. 

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Robinson came to Connecticut as an enterprising 16-year-old who got a job as a hotel dishwasher, then later went on to purchase that very hotel. A serial entrepreneur, Robinson now owns many of the stores at Bradley International Airport and a major construction company.   

In 1997, Robinson was successfully treated for prostate cancer at Saint Francis.  Soon after, he became a Saint Francis board member, and discovered that many men, especially African-American men, were dying of prostate cancer because they had no insurance. He then became the charter donor in 2010 for the program that soon bore his name as a health equity champion. 

The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity expanded its scope of work to include testing and treatment for men and women with breast cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 

Beyond his $1 million commitment, Robinson has personally reached out to churches, synagogues, salons, and other community organizations to spread the word that world-class care is available, even for those with little or no insurance. 

In six years, more than 7,000 men have been reached for prostate cancer education, and an estimated 40 lives have been saved.   

For his commitment to helping those in need, for his work on behalf of Connecticut hospitals as a member of the CHA Board, and in tribute to his remarkable career, CHA awarded Curtis D. Robinson a Honorary Membership Award.   


About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit