Saint Francis Introduces The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity

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A fusion of two entities at Saint Francis Care
Renaming reflects focus on mission to eliminate healthcare disparities

(Hartford, Conn.  July 31, 2014) – Saint Francis Care announced today the joining of the former Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute and the Saint Francis Center for Health Equity into the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity. 

“We are taking this opportunity to build on the successes of two great programs by formally bringing them together in a united mission to address disparities in healthcare,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis Care. “This is clearly a case of combining the strengths of two entities to create a single, stronger, broadened delivery of care. 

“Curtis Robinson has worked tirelessly to promote health equity and we recognize and appreciate his continued leadership and personal commitment to the community and Saint Francis,” continued Dadlez. 

Housed together in the same building at the Urban League of Greater Hartford at 140 Woodland Street for the past 18 months, the Men’s Health Institute and the Center for Health Equity have shared a goal of ensuring that no one’s health is disadvantaged by income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status or neighborhood.  

The newly named Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity will focus on diversity initiatives at Saint Francis, develop cultural competency among healthcare providers, and develop activities to support research, education and outreach agendas, with a focus on both patients and caregivers. 

The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity will continue under the leadership of Marcus M. McKinney, D.Min., LPC, Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy, reporting to the President and CEO, Chris Dadlez. 

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