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.