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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center
STAR Health Center (SHC)
Keren Francois, RN
Ms. Francois joined the STAR Program in April 2013 as Nurse Manager for the STAR Health Center. Ms. Francois earned her Associate’s degree in Nursing at Kingsborough Community College. For the past 5 years, she specialized in HIV primary care nursing in Brownsville and East New York.
Mary Crymes, RN, ACRN
Ms. Crymes has been involved in HIV/AIDS care since 1993 and has been the Charge Nurse at STAR Health Center since November 2003. She has an extensive and diverse background in ambulatory care nursing including correctional health, substance abuse and family planning. Ms. Crymes has a certification in HIV/AIDS nursing and has been an active member of The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) since 1998. She serves on the national board as a member of the Chapters Committee and currently holds the position as Treasurer of the Greater New York Chapter of ANAC.
Ms. Griffith has been involved in health care since 1999. In 2006 she joined the SHC as a medical assistant where she provides a wide range of patient services and education, specializing in the unique needs of patients with hepatitis C. Ms. Griffith also provides HIV counseling and testing on-site in the SHC and in the community with the Educating People at Risk (EPAR) Project.
Ms. Morales has been involved in the care and research of HIV since 2006. Prior to working at the STAR Health Center she had the opportunity to work in the Patient Relations Department. Ms Morales was the Patient Liaison for some of the vital and critical areas of the hospital including Labor & Delivery, ICU & CCU. Ms. Morales is also very active in outreach activities which involve the SHC and the community.