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The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced the winner of its Equity of Care Award, Cleveland Clinic, along with four honorees, including CHRISTUS Health. The award recognizes hospitals for their efforts to reduce health care disparities and advance diversity within the organization’s leadership, board and workforce. The MetroHealth System in Cleveland; Navicent Health in Macon; and West Tennessee Healthcare in Jackson, will also be recognized as honorees. The award will be presented July 18, at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The AHA Equity of Care Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and care systems to advance equity of care to all patients and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. Last year, the AHA launched the #123forEquity campaign to accelerate the progress of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities to ensure equitable care for all persons in every community. For the past five years, CHRISTUS Health has worked to ensure that diversity at the leadership and governance ranks in gender, race and ethnicity are more representative of the communities it serves. The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas co-sponsors CHRISTUS Health.
The Gazette in Long Beach profiled Ace Robinson, the newly installed executive director for the C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education) program at St. Mary Medical Center. “My career has been focused on how to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS for impacted populations,” Robinson said. Earlier in his career, that meant working with commercial sex workers in West Africa. “I spent a lot of time working on developing best practices and looking at systems — how to increase the standard of life and quality of life for all individuals,” the trained biochemist said. Now, in his position at C.A.R.E., Robinson is bringing his expertise stateside. “It’s an exciting time, with the diversity of services we offer and groups we support,” Robinson said. “We make sure we provide an open and welcoming environment for people from all walks of life.”
St. Mary Medical Center, founded in 1923, by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, has a long tradition of caring for patients with HIV and AIDS. The Sisters founded C.A.R.E. 30 years ago — back when the prognosis for those living with HIV was grim, and fear dominated the landscape. Today, clients receive care that includes primary care, behavior care support, and medical care coordination.