Curtis D. Robinson, a founding donor of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis has been honored with an Honorary Membership Award from the Connecticut Hospital Association.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., 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 an Honorary Membership Award.