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.
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.
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.
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.
years, more than 7,000 men have been reached for prostate cancer education, and
an estimated 40 lives have been saved.
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
About Saint Francis Care
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 www.stfranciscare.com.