As part of the annual recognition of World AIDS Day, the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch of the Hawai`i Department of Health gives the Suzanne Richmond-Crum award to an individual in Hawaii “for outstanding contribution in providing HIV/AIDS services.”
This award is dedicated to the memory of Suzanne Richmond-Crum, the former Director of the Hawaii Seropositivity and Medical Management Program (HSPAMM), an HIV/AIDS medical care program of the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch. Suzanne passed away in August 2004 after serving as Director of HSPAMM for more than ten years. This award was established in memory of the competence and compassion Suzanne demonstrated in her HIV/AIDS work.
2014 Award Recipient: Fred Cruz, RPh.
For over 15 years, Fred Cruz has dedicated himself to caring for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. He has served a key role as an HIV pharmacist for CarePlus Specialty Pharmacy with CVS Caremark. His focus has always been to support HIV-positive clients so they are able to receive and manage needed medications. His efforts to personally connect with clients has helped many to remain on their treatment regimens and maintain or improve their quality of life.
Fred has been actively involved in efforts to assure low-income HIV-positive people get access to the treatment and care they need. He seeks out cost savings for state funds in order to maximize the number of people who can enroll in the Hawai’i AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
In addition to working as a pharmacist for over 30 years, Mr. Cruz has served on the Board of Directors for Hawai’i’s AIDS Community Care Team, and as a member of the Hawai’i HIV Community Planning Group. His perspectives and opinions on HIV treatment, service delivery, and client well-being issues were always sought out and highly respected by the planning group. He has also worked as a team member with Hawai’i AIDS Education Training Center to provide training for providers in Hawai’i and across the Pacific Islands. Fred is a mentor to students from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, College of Pharmacy where he received their Preceptor of the Year award in 2012.
Past Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award Recipients
- 2014 – Fred Cruz, PRh.
- 2013 – Dominic Chow, MD
- 2012 – Lenard Allen
- 2011 – Pat Paakaula
- 2010 – Georgie Kennedy
- 2009 – Jon Berliner
- 2008 – Tom Sheeran
- 2007 – Ruth Antone
- 2006 – Cyril Goshima, MD
- 2005 – John Manion
- 2004 – Jaimie Kahale-Callahan