The CARE program is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of those living with HIV/AIDS and the ultimate eradication of the disease.
Today’s celebration of World AIDS Day included not only remembrances of those who lost their battle to the disease, but renewed commitments from the County of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach and the medical community at St. Mary Medical Center to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Using advanced bio-therapies, like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and a focus on the most vulnerable populations, the speakers pledged to put themselves ‘out of business’ in caring for these patients.
30 doves were released at the end of the ceremony commemorating the 30 years of service provided by the CARE program at St. Mary Medical Center.
Ace Robinson – Executive Director, CARE
Sister Celeste Trahan – VP of Mission for St. Mary Medical Center
Paul Czajka – Chief Operating Officer for St. Mary Medical Center
Mario Perez – Los Angeles County Director of HIV
Kelly Colopy – City of Long Beach Director of Public Health
Marcia Alcouloumre, M.D. – Infectious Disease at St. Mary Medical Center
The Office of Dr. Robert Garcia – Mayor of Long Beach