Benefits the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity  

(Hartford, Conn. September 21, 2015) – More than 1,400 guests gathered for a good cause at the Connecticut Convention Center for this year’s MIRACLES XXVI gala, presented by the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation.  This year’s beneficiary was the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis. 

Founded in 2010, the Center for Health Equity addresses racial disparities in healthcare by reaching out to African-American, Latino and other underserved communities and providing community engagement, patient education and health screenings, particularly in the areas of prostate cancer and diabetes. 

The black-tie event, the largest of its kind in Connecticut, raised more than $1.1 million for initiatives at the CDRCHE. The evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an exclusive silent auction featuring an array of wines. 

“This new funding will enable the CDRCHE to continue providing healthcare navigation for the underserved,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, CEO and president of Saint Francis. “At the same time, these funds will benefit society as a whole because by preventing illnesses through population health management, we are keeping patients healthier and lowering healthcare costs for everyone.” 

While many health equity centers are affiliated with universities, the CDRCHE is uniquely based at a hospital, enabling patients in need to receive their healthcare quickly and seamlessly. 

The emcee for MIRACLES was Broadway actor, singer, composer, producer and minister Clifton Davis. For more than 40 years, Davis has shared his unique gifts with audiences and congregations worldwide.  Davis is probably best known for his five-year run as Reverend Rueben Gregory on the NBC television series, Amen. 

Currently, Davis has returned to Broadway in the hit Disney musical, Aladdin, as the Sultan. Davis also received a Grammy nomination for his hit composition, Never Can Say Goodbye. 

Since its inception in 1990, the MIRACLES galas have raised more than $16 million for Hospital initiatives. 

MIRACLES Honorary Co-Chairs Curtis D. Robinson, Co-Founder and Chairman, Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity and Sheila Robinson; MIRACLES Chair, Joan Holobinko; MIRACLES Chair, Theresa Hopkins-Staten; Monica Durant Davis; event emcee Clifton Davis; MIRACLES Chair, Rebecca Santiago-Corujo; and Eileen Dadlez and Christopher M. Dadlez, President & CEO Saint Francis Care enjoy the gala event at the Connecticut Convention Center 

Photo by Brian Ambrose Photography  


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 www.stfranciscare.com.